TORONTO, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The diversity of sectors that stand to
benefit from increased bilateral trade and investment with China was
the focus of a keynote delivered today by Alberta Premier Alison
Redford, at a luncheon hosted by the Canada China Business Council
(CCBC) in Beijing.
"Agriculture, natural resources, machinery — the list is impressive and
it only confirms for Alberta that our efforts to strengthen ties with
China are the right thing to do," said the Premier. "There is every
reason why we should work together. Alberta and China both want the
same thing: sustainable growth fueled by responsible industry. And
together we are in a position to invest and realize that future."
Premier Redford is in Beijing attending the Euromoney Canada-China
Investors Forum from June 27 to 28. Her speech to an audience of 100
business executives from Canada and China touched on the burgeoning
trade opportunities in education, tourism, and agriculture. Premier
Redford also took part in a CCBC-led roundtable with Canadian and
Chinese businesspeople, focusing on these sectors and how to bolster
cooperation between the two countries. Participants included GUO
Xiaodong, Vice President of China Youth Travel Services, ZHANG Yi, Vice
Provost, Tsinghua University, and CHEN Yixin, Deputy General Manager of
Sinograin Oils Co. Ltd.
"Alberta's role as a secure and reliable trading partner resonates with
China in its pursuit of natural resources and energy security," said
Peter Harder, President of the Canada China Business Council. "Premier
Redford's visit however, serves to elevate Alberta's profile in a wide
variety of industries, which speaks to a trade and investment strategy
that strengthens the province as a whole, for generations to come."
CCBC is the country's leading Canada-China bilateral trade and
investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate, representing the
interests of the Canadian business community on issues affecting
Sino-Canadian trade and investment.
"Last month, my government started the Asia Advisory Council, chaired by
our Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Affairs,
Teresa Woo-Paw, to find new and better ways of creating those
agreements — in every area from technology to education and the arts,"
said the Premier. "Research agreements, academic exchanges,
international jobs and a curriculum that offers young Albertans the
chance to become deeply familiar with China's language and culture;
these are the ways we are preparing the next generation to strengthen
the links with China that are so vital to Alberta."
Continued, high-level engagement between Alberta and Beijing is
essential to creating the frameworks, infrastructure, and other
mechanisms necessary to boost our dynamic trade. The CCBC
enthusiastically welcomes the Premier to Beijing, and the spirit of
cooperation that she espouses.
About the CCBC
The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) is the country's Canada-China
bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate.
Founded in 1978 as a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan business
association, CCBC provides unparalleled insight into Sino-Canadian
trade and investment issues and develops connections that ensure its
members' business success. In addition to its focused and practical
services, the Council is also the voice of the Canadian business
community on issues affecting Sino-Canadian trade and investment.
SOURCE Canada China Business Council
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