Premier Rachel Notley and Economic Development and Trade minister Deron Bilous depart Monday for a nine-day trade mission to China and Japan. The pair plan to meet with political and business leaders in an effort to strengthen Alberta’s trade ties with the two countries.
“Our oil and gas industry, green energy, Alberta beef, pork, forestry, clean tech and more all benefit from our relationship with China and Japan,” said Notley in advance of the trip. “We need to keep this relationship strong and growing, and that’s exactly what we intend to do.”
China is Alberta’s second-largest export market after the United States. Japan is third-largest.
Meetings will include a conversation on energy and climate change in Beijing, an audience with the Canada-China Business Council, tours of facilities using Alberta raw goods in Tokyo and time with a number of businesses importing Alberta food products.
“As we’ve seen from past missions to Asia, good things happen to Alberta companies and Alberta workers as a result of these trade missions,” said Notley.
This is the premier’s first trade visit to Asia and Bilous’ third. Meetings begin on Tuesday. (News Talk 770, ms)