Prime Minister Scott Moe is heading to the Middle East.
He is due to depart this weekend on a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates, where he will promote the province’s natural resources and agriculture and agricultural value sectors. The visit is due to end on May 11.
“As a major trade hub to the Middle East and North Africa for Saskatchewan exports, the United Arab Emirates is a critically important trading partner for our province and we look forward to making this relationship stronger than ever,” Moe said in a press release.
“As a producer of some of the most sustainable agricultural, energy and mining products in the world, Saskatchewan has a lot to offer.
Saskatchewan opened a trade office in Dubai in January.
The province is already Canada’s largest exporter of agri-food products to the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the total value of Saskatchewan’s exports to the UAE was $636 million and the province was the largest supplier of canola seeds and lentils to the UAE.
Moe is set to speak at the world’s largest pulses industry event, the World Pulses Confederation. He will be joined by representatives from Protein Industries Canada, the Global Institute for Food Security, Saskatchewan agri-food importers and research institutions.
He is also expected to discuss the province’s work in sustainable practices like carbon capture, use and storage at several meetings during his visit.