Minister Fast Meets Top Guangdong Official, Party Secretary Hu Chunhua

May 22, 2014 - Guangzhou, China - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets with Guangdong Party Secretary Hu Chunhua to promote Canada as a compelling trade and investment partner for Guangdong Province, including in the sustainable technologies sector.

Guangdong is important to Canada, as evidenced by the series of senior-level visits to the province in the past two years. These include visits by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in February 2012, by Governor General David Johnston in October 2013, and by Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) Lynne Yelich in February 2014. This is Minister Fast’s third visit to Guangdong in recent years.

Minister Fast highlighted the increasingly deepening commercial relationship between Canada and Guangdong, mentioning the recent addition of direct air services, new links between the ports of Halifax and Shenzhen, new collaboration between Canadian life sciences SMEs and local partners, growing energy cooperation and new educational programs. He also underlined the significant room for cooperation between clean-technology firms from Canada, such as those participating in the trade mission, and firms from Guangdong, which has put in place a plan for quality, sustainable growth. Minister Fast also highlighted Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which has identified fast-growing markets, including China, as a priority for Canada’s trade-promotion efforts.

Minister Fast is leading a trade mission to Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong from May 18 to 24, 2014, to deepen Canada’s commercial relationships with China.

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Minister of International Trade
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