NEWS RELEASE · 30th April 2010
Office of the Premier
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh have signed a wide-ranging memorandum of co-operation that will further ties between the two jurisdictions in six key areas.
The signing was held in Vancouver during Premier Bligh's two-day visit to the province.
"The people of British Columbia and Queensland share a rich history, and going forward we are equally committed to building sustainable, green economies and an unparalleled quality of life to pass on to our children and grandchildren," said Premier Campbell. "Under this agreement, Queensland and B.C. will now make our relationship even closer by seeking opportunities to work together in such areas as climate action, biotechnology and the exchange of world-class knowledge."
"This agreement gives unique opportunities for collaboration between the best and brightest from Queensland and British Colombia," said Premier Bligh. "We're focusing on our strengths in alternative energies, climate change, drug development and sustainable cities.
"Our friendship is already strong and producing concrete results - I fully expect significant outcomes for years to come."
The B.C.-Queensland Memorandum of Co operation includes the following provisions:
* Action on clean energy, water stewardship and climate change.
* Maximizing knowledge intensive sectors, including biotechnology, life sciences, health and medical research.
* Responsible resource management.
* Regional economies and indigenous communities.
* Promoting bilateral education opportunities.
* Planning and growth management, including exchanging information and ideas.
Today's agreement follows up on the B.C. Queensland Statement of Intent signed in 2008. It helped open the way for both jurisdictions to work on sharing information and increasing engagement in the Asia-Pacific region to help improve market access for both B.C. and Queensland companies.
Since that time, Queensland has worked closely with B.C. to increase links in field of medical research. A notable example is the link between Vancouver General Hospital's Prostate Centre and the new Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre in Queensland.
The agreement also includes the two jurisdictions working towards holding a future trans-Pacific joint cabinet meeting using telepresence technology.