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Trade and investment opportunities highlight mission to Asia

Alberta’s Energy Minister is travelling to Asia with Alberta energy executives to develop new markets in China, South Korea and Japan.

From October 11-21, Energy Minister Ken Hughes will participate in forums and meetings with government officials and business executives from Canada and Asia to promote Alberta’s energy resources and energy sector opportunities.

“Partnerships are key to getting things done in the energy sector. Looking beyond our borders is essential to our Building Alberta Plan. That means ongoing dialogue with other countries about mutual benefits.  The potential for growing partnerships with Asia increases our ability for increased energy exports, creates additional investment in Alberta, and gives us an opportunity to work together on common challenges.”

- Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes

Minister Hughes will represent Alberta at a number of events including the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea; the Canada-Korea Dialogue on Energy in Seoul, South Korea; and the Calgary-China Investment Summit in Beijing. He will also meet with the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry to discuss future Alberta-Japan energy cooperation.

The total estimated cost for the mission including airfare, transportation and accommodation for the Minister and one staff member is $23,000.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.


Itinerary for Minister Ken Hughes

Friday, October 11

Depart Calgary

Travel to Korea

Monday, October 14

Seoul, Korea

Participate in “Canada-Korea Dialogue on Energy”

  • Investment Opportunities

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 15 -16

Daegu, Korea

Participate in World Energy Congress:

Panel discussion:

  • Alberta as a North American energy supplier
  • Challenges and opportunities reaching energy markets
  • Alberta’s energy future

Thursday & Friday, October 17 – 18

Beijing, China

Participate in Calgary-China Investment Summit

  • Investment Opportunities.

MOU Signing with Chinese National Energy Administration

  • Framework agreement on sustainable energy development with NEA

Participate in Canada-China Energy & Environment Forum

Monday, October 20 – 21

Tokyo, Japan


  • Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
  • Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
  • Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (JAPEX)
  • Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd
  • Idemistu Kosan Co., Ltd.

Depart Tokyo

Travel to Calgary

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