VICTORIA – British Columbia Premier David Eby and several ministers are headed to Asia to promote the province’s clean economy and strengthen supply chains.
The mission will “bolster B.C.’s trade and investment ties in the Indo-Pacific, the world’s fastest-growing economic region, and advance the province’s new Trade Diversification Strategy,” a B.C. government release stated.
“B.C. has so much to offer the world: a talented workforce, sustainable products and services, and an abundance of the natural resources, technology and energy needed to power the clean economy. The global turbulence of the past few years has shown us that building strong relationships with diverse trading partners is key to growing our economy and creating opportunities for British Columbians. This mission will help expand our presence in the rapidly growing and competitive Indo-Pacific market,” Eby said.
The mission follows the province’s launch of its Trade Diversification Strategy on May 5 which outlines ways to increase export and investment opportunities in new and emerging markets such as Vietnam and Singapore and expanding in existing markets such as the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan.
The trade mission will go from until June 7.
Eby will go to Japan, the ROK and Singapore. In Japan and the ROK he will be accompanied by provincial Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Josie Osborne, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey and Minister of State for Trade Jagrup Brar.
Brar will also travel to Vietnam to officially open B.C.’s trade and investment representative office and meet with business leaders.
In each market, the premier and ministers will meet with government officials and economic leaders to discuss trade, investment and partnership opportunities in key sectors, such as clean technology, renewable energy, natural resources and critical minerals, information and communications technology, and agrifood, the release stated.