Premier John Horgan will be travelling to China, South Korea and Japan for 10 days in January to enhance relationships and expand economic ties with three of British Columbia’s largest trading partners.
“Building a strong, sustainable economy means working with global partners to enhance trade and generate good jobs for people in B.C.,” said Premier Horgan. “Our province is open, inclusive and competitive, and we welcome the movement of people and the advancement of economic and cultural connections between our nations. This trip to Asia will strengthen ties with governments, business partners and the broader community, which will bring economic benefits to communities throughout B.C.”
Premier Horgan will promote bilateral relationships between British Columbia and key government and business leaders and will be accompanied in all three countries by Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston and Minister of State for Trade George Chow. Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare will be participating in the China portion of the mission to foster tourism opportunities in support of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.
“This mission to China, South Korea and Japan is about establishing new government-to-government relationships and expressing that B.C. is open to international business,” said Ralston. “Instead of looking to one sector to create jobs, we’re working to strengthen traditional industries like forestry, energy and mining, while supporting the small business, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and tech sectors.”
The 10-day trip, from Jan. 20-30, 2018, will be the Premier and ministers’ first visit to Asia and will include speaking engagements and meetings with government and business leaders to create a broader awareness of B.C.’s strengths in energy, natural resources, low-carbon development, technology and innovation.
“B.C. has a longstanding connection with Asia, including with our two sister provinces, Guangdong, China, and Gyeonggi, South Korea – and our government would like to see this continue,” said Chow. “We’re taking every opportunity to deepen cultural, family and business connections to strengthen our trade relationships.”
“2018 has been announced as the Canada-China Year of Tourism,” said Beare. “China is one of our province’s most important growing markets for tourism. I look forward to working with our partners in China as we develop opportunities to attract even more visitors from China to our province, create closer ties and deepen strategic partnerships between our two countries.”