The Notley government is pumping some money into three programs to help Alberta based companies beef up their exports. Details won’t be known until Oct 1. However economic development minister Deron Bilous told a news conference the goal is to increase international awareness of the talent found here, through Alberta’s trade offices world wide.
“Alberta and Albertans are innovative,” said Bilous. “We have a lot of expertise and lot of knowledge and a lot of technical know how that frankly the world is quite interested in and our government is stepping up and helping businesses connect with those needs in other countries.”
“My last trade mission in March I had between 10-12 associations and businesses that came with me. I can tell you that I’m very interested in ramping up that number.”
The three, three year programs called the Export Support Fund, Global Buyers and Investors Program, and the Export Readiness Program will cost $9 million.
Bilous said Alberta companies tend to stick close to home. “They will either do business in the province of Alberta, maybe they’ll look at Saskatchewan or B.C. One step is to the United States but the world has a lot of opportunities and we want to support our businesses.”
He says they’ll also host international companies at trade shows here to have them hook up with local products and services.
(630 CHED News)