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Premier to strengthen ties with Asia-Pacific

Premier Rachel Notley will travel to China and Japan from April 17-27 on her first mission to the Asia-Pacific region to help build relationships with key leaders and decision makers.

Premier Notley and Minister Bilous

Premier Notley and Minister Bilous provide details on their upcoming mission to Asia.

Common themes will include opportunities to collaborate on climate change and growing capacity for clean technology and renewables. The mission’s priority is to grow Alberta’s energy market and diversify the province’s export market.

Visits to Beijing and Guangzhou in China will highlight Alberta’s commercial strengths, including in tourism and oil and gas exports to Asia. In Tokyo, Alberta’s energy, lumber, beef and pork products will be at the forefront. The Premier is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to promote collaboration on energy and technology.

“China and Japan dominate Alberta’s export economy, second only to the U.S. Trade and investment missions are instrumental to connecting with the right people and identifying how to harness that potential. Building and fostering productive and visionary relationships with both countries will mean more jobs in a growing and increasingly diverse economy here at home.”

Premier Rachel Notley

Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous will join the premier. It will be his third mission to the region, following successful trade missions in March 2017 and November 2016.

“We have a strong record of trade, investment and partnerships to build on. Our exports to Asia are represented by our major industries, energy, petrochemicals, agriculture, forestry and value-added products in those sectors. Asian investors and businesses are hungry for these products, and face-to-face meetings with our Premier will build more confidence and credibility for our companies.  Showcasing Alberta abroad means more opportunities at home.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

China and Japan are Alberta’s second- and third-largest trading partners, respectively. The province’s trade with China has tripled since 2003, while Japan represented 15.7 per cent of non-U.S. exports last year. In 2016, Alberta’s two-way trade with China and Japan totalled more than $7.4 billion, with potential for growth. Alberta is well positioned to meet the high demand for energy resources, raw materials and quality commodities created by Asia’s rapidly emerging urban middle class and modernizing economy.

The estimated cost for the mission for the Premier, the minister, four political staff, two public servants and a security detail is $140,000. Members of the official delegation also include Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary Economic Development, and Gordon Houlden, Director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta. Both delegates are responsible for their own expenses.

Itinerary for Premier Rachel Notley and Minister Deron Bilous*

Date

Event

April 17-18

  • Travel from Edmonton to Beijing

April 19

  • Meeting with John McCallum, Canada’s Ambassador to China
  • Briefing

April 20

  • Stakeholder meetings
  • China-Alberta Energy and Climate Change roundtable
  • Friends of Alberta Networking reception featuring Alberta food products
  • Meet with key private and public stakeholders

April 21

  • Address the Canada-China Business Council

April 22

  • Private time

April 23

  • Travel to Guangzhou
  • Meeting with Consul General Rachael Bedlington

April 24

  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Guangdong stakeholder luncheon reception featuring Alberta food products
  • Meeting with Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui

April 25

  • Travel to Tokyo
  • Meeting with Ian Burney, Canada’s Ambassador to Japan

April 26

  • Alberta Energy seminar
  • Alberta Agriculture roundtable
  • Meeting with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
  • Reception key stakeholders featuring Alberta food products

April 27

  • Alberta agri-food product site visit
  • Alberta lumber-processing facility site tour
  • Travel to Edmonton

*Subject to change.


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