Alberta’s Economic Development and Trade Minister is in the process of convincing Asian delegations about the importance of investing in our province.
Deron Bilous is currently in China, and he said that the trip is historic.
“This is the largest delegation in Alberta’s history, as far as bringing over 80 different businesses and organizations from Alberta,” Bilous said. “I can tell you that we’ve been met by an equally impressive number of participants in China. In fact, in Guangzhou, there was a total of close to 500 participants.”
Bilous added that those are mostly participants are mostly from the private sector, but there were also some Chinese government officials present.
He said China is especially important to our economy.
“In the context of Albertan’s China is a market that is not only critical, but it is a market that we need to being repeatedly,” Bilous said. “Face-to-face relationships absolutely matter, (and) being here shows that our government is serious about deepening our relationship. And it signals to Chinese companies that Alberta is a great place to invest in.”
Earlier this week president-elect Donald Trump effectively killed the Trans Pacific Partnership, but Bilous said that our plans have not been changed.
“I can tell you that this trade mission was planned long before the U.S. election,” Bilous said. “We recognize the value of China as a trading partner to Alberta. In that sense, absolutely nothing has changed. If anything, we recognize that there are international opportunities to build on our strengths.”
China is Alberta’s second largest trading partner, after the United States. (km)