Trade Mission to China departs today

Trade Mission to China departs today

October 30, 2015 Posted by Regan Macdonald

#BCTM15 - Trade Mission Itinerary

Premier Christy Clark departs on a trade mission to China today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the B.C.-Guangdong Sister Province agreement and promote exports in key sectors such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), agrifoods, clean technology and information and communications technology (ICT). She is joined by International Trade Minister Teresa Wat, as well as representatives from six B.C. municipalities, one First Nation, more than 140 companies and community groups from across British Columbia. Minister Wat will continue on to Vietnam until Nov. 11.

“My trade mission to China has two key goals – affirming our commitment to strong sister-province relations with Guangdong and developing new export markets with China,” said Premier Clark. “China is actively exploring alternative energy and is incorporating clean technology in areas such as transportation, smart grid and energy efficiency. These are areas where B.C. excels, and we want to make key connections so that we can work together to grow trade and investment in this sector.”

Throughout the trade mission from Oct. 30 – Nov. 7, 2015, which will make stops in Bejing, Guanzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Clark and Wat will promote the strength of key B.C. sectors, and celebrate the cultural connections between Guangdong and British Columbia.

China is B.C.’s second-largest export market, worth $6.3 billion in 2014, a 375% increase in the last decade as a result of the B.C. government’s continued efforts to increase its presence in China and build strong trade ties. Guangdong is China’s most populous province with over 100 million people and is China’s largest province by gross domestic product (GDP) – $1 trillion in 2013.

WATCH:  British Columbia’s deep-rooted links to China facilitate the development of personal and business relationships between Chinese investors and British Columbia companies.

For a daily itinerary of the trade mission visit:

Follow Premier Clark during the mission by finding her on Twitter at @christyclarkbc or look for tweets with the hashtag #BCTM15. 

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