Minister Teresa Wat welcomes a delegation of high-ranking government officials representing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in June 2014.
Diversifying export markets
and expanding B.C.’s trade network into new frontiers will be the focus of the upcoming trade mission to China
from Oct. 30 – Nov. 7, led by Premier Christy Clark. Joining her will be International Trade Minister Teresa Wat, who will travel to Vietnam Nov. 8 – 11 to drive increased awareness of B.C. products and service 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.
sectors provided the top goods exports to Vietnam in 2014, which included diamonds, oil cake and seafood.
With over 600 million people and a rapidly growing middle class, the ASEAN region represents a key growth market for British Columbia. Together, ASEAN markets rank fifth among destinations for B.C. goods exports and a number of major investments in B.C. have originated from ASEAN-based companies. B.C. is already benefiting from significant investment from this region by companies such as Paper Excellence.
According to McKinsey & Company, if ASEAN were a single country, it would already be the world’s seventh-largest economy, with a combined GDP of $2.4 trillion in 2013, and projected to rank as the fourth-largest economy by 2050.
Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.
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