Sister Province Relations Strengthen Trade and Cultural Ties

Sister Province Relations Strengthen Trade and Cultural Ties

September 18, 2015 Posted by Regan Macdonald

Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan visited B.C. in September 2014 and opened a Guangdong trade and investment representative office in Vancouver.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Sister Province relationship between British Columbia and Guangdong Province in China.
 
China has become one of B.C.’s most important economic partners, second only to the United States. Twenty years ago, B.C. exported just over $300 million worth of goods to China annually. In 2014, $6.3 billion worth of goods was exported to China. The province of Guangdong is among the world's 15 biggest economies, with a GDP of more than $1 trillion in 2013.
 
B.C. premiers and ministers have visited Guangdong on several occasions over the past decade, and concluded numerous MOUs in support of the overall twinning relationship. Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat was in Guangdong earlier this year as part of her spring trade mission, and will return with Premier Christy Clark this fall to promote British Columbia exports in key sectors such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), clean technology, agrifoods and information and communications technology (ICT).
 
In April 2015, Deputy Party Secretary of Guangdong MA Xingrui made his first trip to Canada since being appointed Deputy Party Secretary of Guangdong in 2013. While in B.C., he visited the Viking Air Manufacturing Plant in Sidney and participated in a business seminar hosted by Guangdong Province and organized by the BC Ministry of International Trade to promote investment in Guangdong.
 
Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan visited B.C. in September 2014 and opened a Guangdong trade and investment representative office in Vancouver. The office is the first of its kind in Canada, and will promote bilateral trade and investment relations between the two jurisdictions, further strengthening trade and cultural ties that span decades.
 
British Columbia companies have significant potential to increase trade with China, taking advantage of its high demand for natural resources and rapid growth in knowledge-based industries, international education, transportation and infrastructure and agrifoods.
 
British Columbia has 11 trade and investment representative office locations (TIRs) around the world with four offices located in China. Guangzhou is located in the province of Guangdong, and the other offices are located in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai . The TIR team works alongside the ministry’s British Columbia-based trade and investment team to make introductions to potential buyers, investors and other in-market partners, and they help B.C. companies and communities identify attractive investment opportunities. 
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