BC to open new trade and investment office in Hong Kong

Premier Christy Clark announced while visiting Hong Kong that a new trade and investment office will be opened in the city to increase British Columbia's economic ties with the global financial centre.

"British Columbia is Canada's Gateway to the Pacific, and we look forward to building on our already strong business and cultural connections with Hong Kong," Clark said.

"China is British Columbia's second-largest trading partner and is a vital and growing market for our products, services and resources, particularly natural gas."

According to a news release, a trade and investment representative will be in place in the new Hong Kong office in November and will work in conjunction with BC trade representatives in Shanghai, Beijing and Gangzhou to attract investment. BC's natural gas industry, in particular, is a focus of attention as Clark intends to have three Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plants operating in Northern BC by 2020.  

This marks the Premier's third trip to Asia since taking office. Expanding trade with Asia has been a central focus of the provincial government's Jobs BC Plan. Clark plans to double BC's international presence by 2013 in order to attract direct investment to the province. 

More in Politics

Gitxsan leaders join BC First Nations to vote for Anyone But Clark (ABC)

Two Gitxsan house groups, Gwininitxw and Luutkudziiwus urge voting that will empower First Nations, support communities, environment, and economic well-being.

B.C. Premier defends Bill 20 amendments

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said Tuesday that a controversial provision in Bill 20 is meant to create “a level playing field” for all the political parties. Her comments come on the heels...

Jacobs and Florida and Gehl oh my! Who really influences our local politicians?

Still undecided about who to vote for? Second guessing yourself? Who really influences and inspires those candidates who are running for a seat in Vancouver's City Hall?
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.