PREMIER Christy Clark departed on Thursday for her Jobs and Trade Mission, leading a delegation of over 120 companies to China, Korea and Japan from November 21 to December 3 to deepen British Columbia’s relationships with these priority markets.
“Trade missions are an important way to share B.C.’s competitive advantages with our international partners so that B.C. businesses and communities share in the benefits,” said Clark. “As we develop LNG and seize economic development in every corner of the province, these partnerships and strategic outreach will mean more economic growth and jobs here at home.”
In addition to expanding trade and investment opportunities between B.C. and these important markets, Clark will be advancing liquefied natural gas (LNG) development opportunities and promoting the province as a stable and attractive destination for trade and investment. She and Minister Teresa Wat will also encourage Asian corporations to headquarter their North American operations in British Columbia.
“One of the keys to doing business in Asia is building and deepening relationships,” said Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. “That is why trade missions are so important. They help us deepen our relationships and reinforce B.C.’s economic and cultural ties with our priority Asian markets.”
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.
The mission will strengthen British Columbia’s bilateral relations with government partners; promote B.C.’s competitive advantages during corporate meetings with key investors in LNG and other priority sectors; and capitalize on B.C.’s cultural bridge across the Pacific with networking events built around B.C.’s many family, economic and educational connections to Asia.