Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, and delegates from British Columbia concluded a trade mission to Europe, highlighted by the signing of two agreements with European countries to create opportunities and jobs for British Columbians.
“It has been a privilege to represent British Columbia and showcase the work being done to build a stronger British Columbia for all,” said Kahlon. “I’m excited about the strengthened friendships and new partnerships. I look forward to building on these important agreements and discussions to bring sustainable investment, opportunity and well-paying jobs to BC businesses and workers.
The 10-day trip included the signing of two agreements. The first was signed with the Netherlands on May 24, 2022 and focused on cooperation and resource sharing in agritech to support food security in British Columbia and better position the province for trade and supply food globally. The second agreement was signed with Finland on May 31, 2022 and aimed for the two regions to work together to further develop the mass timber sector and the forest bioeconomy.
The tour included one-on-one meetings, business roundtables and facility tours with government officials, academic experts and industry and business leaders interested in environmental, social and governance (ESG) of British Columbia. Highlights of industries discussed on the trip included made-in-BC products and services, such as agritech, hardwood and forestry, shipbuilding, biomanufacturing, and hydrogen-power generation.
“Now, more than ever, we need to expand our reach with key partners to diversify trade relationships and build stronger, more resilient supply chains to better protect and support British Columbians,” Kahlon said. “This mission was an important step in showcasing the StrongerBC economic plan and positioning British Columbia as a leader in renewable resources and clean energy solutions to drive investment and support good, sustainable jobs for residents. of British Columbia”
The tour started in the Netherlands on May 22, continued in the UK on May 25, Ireland on May 27, Germany on May 30 and ended in Finland on June 1.
Highlights of the trade mission are available in the backgrounder.