“Trade missions allow us to make connections that open doors to long-term trade and investment and create opportunities for research and student exchanges. As we continue to make inroads into the Asia Pacific market, we are seeing these partnerships create more economic opportunities – and more jobs at home.”
In 2013, Today’s BC Liberals made a promise to British Columbians: to deliver a strong economy and a secure tomorrow for this province.
As promised, increased trade with Asia-Pacific markets is already creating new opportunities for British Columbians. Our exports of lumber, minerals, agri-foods and other BC-made products have grown dramatically in the last few years, reducing our reliance on traditional markets like the United States. Every new dollar of goods sold overseas means more good jobs here in British Columbia.
That’s why Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk are in India leading a delegation of over 70 companies and post-secondary institutions to reinforce B.C.’s economic and cultural ties with India, while promoting further investment in B.C. and expanding exports as part of the BC Jobs Plan.
Throughout the trade mission, Clark and Virk will promote the strength of key B.C. sectors, including liquefied natural gas and other natural resources, clean technology, life sciences, film, digital arts and finance.
Trade missions are a critical part of securing new investment, and propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province. The last three major Premier-led missions to Asian markets resulted in business deals and partnership agreements valued at over $1.8 billion.