British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will be leading an international trade mission to China from Oct.30 - Nov. 7, 2015, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the B.C.-Guangdong Sister Province agreement and promote exports in key sectors such as liquefied natural gas
, clean technology
, and information and communications technology
Joining her will be International Trade Minister Teresa Wat who will also continue on a trip to Vietnam until November 11.
This will be Premier Clark’s third trade mission to China since 2011 and Wat’s fourth mission to China since 2013.
The Premier and Minister Wat will travel to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong for face-to-face meetings with key business and government officials. 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 more than 100 million people and is China’s largest province by gross domestic product (GDP) – $1 trillion in 2013.
Minister Wat will travel to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, to drive increased awareness of B.C. products and services in Southeast Asia. As a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam is a large market of 90 million people that has a lot of trade potential. For example, B.C. exports to Vietnam have risen significantly in the past few years, from $49 million in 2010 to $104 million in 2014. This year’s exports are on track to rise a further 10%, with seafood products experiencing particularly high levels of growth.
The Ministry of International Trade is working to build a specific and targeted business delegation that represents the LNG, clean technology, ICT, and agrifoods sectors for this trade mission. In consultation with industry associations and the business community, staff is helping to identify businesses and organization for this trade mission. To express your interest in participating in the delegation, please email TradeMission@gov.bc.ca
For companies interested in exploring opportunities in Asia, British Columbia has a strong team of trade and investment representatives
ready to assist. In China, trade and investment representatives are located in Beijing
and Hong Kong
. Our network of trade and investment professionals can provide market intelligence, strategic support and advice as well as connections to industry, government, and community influencers.
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