OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, was in Zhuhai,
China, today and in Hong Kong, China, yesterday to meet with his
counterparts and further Canada-Asia transportation and trade
"Canada is a world leader in civil aviation, and our aerospace companies
are among the most sophisticated in the world. Airshow China in Zhuhai
is an excellent venue to showcase Canadian know-how and expertise,"
said Minister Lebel.
Transport Canada is continuously working with its international partners
to advance worldwide aviation safety. To this end, Minister Lebel and
Xia Xinghua, Vice Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of
China, today signed an action plan that opens the door to closer
cooperation on aviation safety. Following on Prime Minister Harper's
visit to China in February 2012, when he and Premier Wen Jiabao
committed to strengthening collaboration on civil aviation, the action
plan is a concrete step towards closer engagement and information
sharing in many areas, including regulatory programs and training
During the meeting, the Minister and Vice-Administrator Xia also signed
amendments to the existing bilateral air transport agreement to
facilitate the movement of goods and people between the two countries.
The expanded air transport agreement, negotiated under Canada's Blue
Sky policy, will help deepen Canada's important air transport, trade
and investment relationships with China. It provides both countries
with additional flexibility for airline routings and pricing, and
allows them to respond to market developments.
During his participation in Airshow China 2012, Minister Lebel attended
the opening ceremony, met Canadian exhibitors, and held discussions
with senior executives from Chinese aviation companies.
In Hong Kong, Minister Lebel met with his counterpart, as well as with
Mr. Gerry Lim, CEO of Hutchison Port Holdings and Managing Director of
Hong Kong International Terminal, to promote Canada's Asia-Pacific
Gateway. Minister Lebel later addressed the Canadian and Hong Kong
transportation business communities on trade and logistics.
"China is Canada's second-largest two-way trading partner," said
Minister Lebel. "Canada has a secure, reliable, first-class
transportation system that is capable and ready to facilitate increased
international trade with China and the region, which will in turn help
support job creation and economic growth for Canada."
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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