Minister’s Statement on Trade Mission to Seattle

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Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, issued the following statement regarding an upcoming trade mission to Seattle September 8-12, 2022, to showcase Colombia’s competitive advantage. British and develop new economic opportunities:

“When I think of the Cascadia corridor and our neighbors to the south, I think of an innovation highway. British Columbia, Washington, California and Oregon not only share borders, coastlines and mountain ranges, but also reputations as pioneers in clean technology, meeting the challenges of climate change and building a sustainable economy that works for people.

“That’s why I’m traveling to Washington State, where I’ll meet face-to-face with organizations that champion low-carbon growth in high tech, and end the trip by attending the 2022 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference ( CIC). The event has become a showcase for exploring meaningful action, and I am delighted to join Premier John Horgan; Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State; Gavin Newsom, Governor of California; Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, and other leaders to collaborate on next steps in building a cleaner, more inclusive region to work and live.

“I am thrilled to showcase our shared bond in Seattle and Washington State to promote British Columbia as a leader in technology innovation – a sector that is growing at lightning speed, generating billions of dollars of economic activity and providing tens of thousands of good jobs for British Columbians. It’s also a great opportunity to highlight the power of trade between BC and our Cascadia partners – Washington, Oregon and California – who collectively account for 46% of BC’s goods exported to the United States in 2021. We are committed to supporting this growth.

“Two years ago, British Columbia and Washington State created the Clean Grid Initiative, which provided the framework for the two regions to work together to advance innovation and build sustainable economies. As Minister responsible for innovation, I will seek to build on this momentum when I meet with organizations such as Nortal, Washington Maritime Blue and Microsoft, and host a roundtable with a diverse group of Seattle investors to discuss opening up new business opportunities.

“The pandemic has made it difficult to visit our closest business partners. As we move forward, I am excited to restore our strong relationship and work together to bring more investors and more jobs to the Pacific Northwest.

“Through these relationships, we will create more opportunities for British Columbians today and better prepare our province for the future.”

Learn more:

For the StrongerBC Economic Plan, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/plan

For more information on the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference, visit: https://connectcascadia.com/

For more information on trade and investment in British Columbia, visit: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/

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