Minister’s statement on the trade mission


CANADA, May 27 – Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, released the following statement on the trade mission to Europe to support good jobs in British Columbia, explore new economic opportunities and strengthen British Columbia’s reputation as a leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG):

“I am halfway through our trade mission to Europe, and I am proud to say that we are making significant progress in creating new economic opportunities to support jobs in British Columbia, including through a new major agreement with the Netherlands that harnesses the potential of agritech to create jobs, increase food security and help feed the world.

“During stops in the UK and Ireland, I had very productive meetings with business leaders and government officials to promote BC’s sustainable products and strengthen relationships with key business partners. In one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and facility tours, we highlighted key economic forces such as BC’s ESG advantage, the province’s hydrogen strategy, sustainable technologies manufactured in BC such as BC’s solid wood and biotechnology sector. I also had the privilege of meeting many BC entrepreneurs and business owners.

“One thing I’ve heard loud and clear and echoed by our international audience is that BC’s competitive advantage is its people. Businesses and industry leaders are looking to invest in British Columbia because of our exceptionally skilled workforce.

“In the next few days, I will meet with the Minister for Federal, European and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany to discuss our hydrogen strategy, which is a major priority for Germany. I also look forward to showcasing BC’s forestry and shipbuilding industries at meetings planned in Finland.

“Trade missions like this support our StrongerBC Economic Plan, our strategy to drive clean and inclusive growth across BC’s economy and support good jobs for the people of British Columbia. British.

“Finally, I would like to point out that at every step of this mission, I have seen countless blue and yellow Ukrainian flags. The demonstration of solidarity with the Ukrainian people is strong in Europe as well as in British Columbia. moving to witness it.I echo our Prime Minister’s condemnation of Russia’s illegal invasion.As British Columbians, we continue to stand together with people around the world in strong support for the people of Ukraine.

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