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Premier of British Columbia to travel to Asia to strengthen relationships

Staff Writer |
Premier of British Columbia 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.


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.

The 10-day trip, from January 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.

In 2016, British Columbia’s goods exported to China totalled $5.9 billion, making China B.C.’s second-largest export market.

In 2016, China was also Canada’s second-largest export destination, with 4.3% of Canadian goods shipped there.

The 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism was launched by the governments of Canada and China to celebrate and promote tourism opportunities.

China is a burgeoning market for tourism, with a 22% increase in overnight visits to B.C. in 2016 over 2015.

Canada and South Korea share a thriving, two-way trade relationship totalling billions every year – particularly in the natural resource sector, agrifoods and seafood, international education, technology and tourism.

In 2016, B.C.’s exports to South Korea were $2.2 billion in goods, accounting for 51% of total Canadian exports to Korea.

Japan is B.C.’s third-largest trading partner, at $3.7 billion in goods exports in 2016. B.C.’s total exports to Japan, which are primarily commodities, are nearly double that of the next leading Canadian province.


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