NEWS RELEASE · 14th May 2010
Office of the Premier
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell will be joined by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on a joint-trade mission to China and Japan to promote trade and commerce opportunities between Western Canada and Asia.
"With rapidly growing economies in the Asia Pacific it is clear that the future of trade gives British Columbia an opportunity to create jobs and attract investments by building partnerships across the Pacific," said Premier Campbell. "This trade mission will advance our business partnerships in China and Japan as we promote British Columbia as a trading partner and gateway to North America."
Events on Premier Campbell's May 14-22 mission to China and Japan include:
Shanghai and Beijing China, May 15-19
* Meet with Guangdong vice-governor to reaffirm British Columbia-Guangdong sister province relationship and to explore further economic opportunities for both jurisdictions in the areas of trade, tourism, education, transportation, clean technology and investment. This builds on previous agreements signed by the two provinces to collaborate on trade and investment, clean energy, emergency management and direct flights.
* Meet with senior officials from the Shanghai Housing Bureau, the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission and the government of Pudong to promote the use of wood as a sanctioned building material in China.
* Attend the ceremonial groundbreaking of the final phase of a 500-home development that uses wood-frame construction.
* Join federal partners for the ceremonial opening of the Vancouver Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010.
* Attend commemoration remembering those who died in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
* Join New West Partnership premiers at receptions and luncheons in Shanghai and Beijing to promote Western Canadian products, gateway advantage and investment opportunities with hundreds of Chinese and Canadian business and investment officials.
* Discuss clean energy, urban best practices and expanding trade between ports with Shanghai Vice-Mayor Tang Dengjie.
* Witness corporate and academic agreement signings that will further advance post-secondary education and trade ties between British Columbia and China.
* Work with New West Partnership premiers to establish a permanent joint trade and investment presence for the New West Partnership in Shanghai.
* Meet with government officials in Shanghai and corporate officials in Beijing to discuss expanded trade opportunities between B.C. and Chinese ports.
* Attend roundtable to discuss economic advantages of having skilled, educated workforce movement between China and Canada.
* Promote British Columbia's natural-resource investment opportunities with the China Development Bank and other state owned enterprises.
* Join New West Partnership premiers to introduce the New West Partnership to the National Development Reform Commission (China's largest macro-economic management agency), China's Ministry of Commerce, China Investment Corporation and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
* Attend B.C. Alumni reception to promote British Columbia opportunities with British Columbians now living in China.
* Premier Campbell will also make strategic sales calls in both China and Japan with investors who were first introduced to B.C. during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. These include bilateral trade meetings with officials in the tourism industry, airline industry, bio-tech and high-tech companies as well as those interested in minerals, oil and gas, agri-food and wood products.
Tokyo, Japan, May 20-21
* Meet to advance the New West Partnership with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry parliamentary secretary/vice-minister.
* Attend meeting with a Japanese pharmaceutical company to advance bioresearch partnerships between B.C. and Japan.
* Meet with Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs parliamentary vice-minister about clean technology co-operation and investment.
* Join New West Partnership premiers to promote Western Canadian products, gateway advantage and investment opportunities with hundreds of Japanese and Canadian business and investment officials.
* Participate in bilateral trade meetings to promote Japanese investment in oil, gas and minerals sectors in Western Canada.
* Attend B.C. Alumni reception to promote British Columbia opportunities with British Columbians now living in Japan.