VANCOUVER, June 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Wai Young, Member of Parliament for
Vancouver South and Co-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative
Association, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, is
undertaking a series of Asia-Pacific Gateway promotional events and
meeting with key stakeholders that benefit from this key export
Over the next few days, MP Young will meet with key transportation and
industry leaders on how the Asia-Pacific Gateway is building on
Canada's competitive advantages, to further increase Canada's exports
and investment ties throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
"Our government's top priority has been, and continues to be, the
economy and the creation of jobs, economic growth and long term
prosperity for Canadians," said MP Young. "We believe that expanding
and diversifying our trade relationships around the world is one of the
best ways to achieve these goals. That is why I am discussing with
Canadian business, industry and other leaders how our government can
continue to support them, and help them to maximize the many
opportunities that exist throughout the fast-growing Asia-Pacific
On behalf of Minister Fast, MP Young will see first-hand how strategic
investments and partnerships via Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway are
helping exporters reach the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market, with
Vancouver International Airport;
Port Metro Vancouver;
Asia-Pacific Foundation in Vancouver;
International Ship-Owners Alliance in Vancouver;
CN in Squamish;
BC Wood and Mining Association of British Columbia in Squamish;
Seaspan in Vancouver;
Prince Rupert Port Authority; and
Fairview and Ridley Port Terminals in Prince Rupert.
"With one in five Canadian jobs generated by exports, our government
understands that deepening our trade relationships with the largest,
most dynamic and fastest-growing markets in the world is vital to the
long-term prosperity of workers and families," said Minister Fast.
"That is why we are pursuing the most ambitious trade expansion plan in
Canada's history and why we will continue to build on the competitive
advantages that have made our country the gateway of choice between
Asia and North America."
The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) aims to make
Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway the best transportation network for
global supply chains between North America and Asia. To date, the
Government of Canada has invested in APGCI infrastructure projects
valued at approximately $3.5 billion, with federal investments of $1.4
billion, in partnership with all four western provinces, municipalities
and the private sector.
In 2012, Canada's bilateral trade with China reached record levels, with
merchandise exports alone growing 15 percent to $19.3 billion. China
has now surpassed the United Kingdom to become Canada's second-largest
export destination, after the United States.
More information on Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway can be found at www.asiapacificgateway.gc.ca/
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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