May 4, 2009 (10:50 a.m. EDT)
No. 119

Minister Day Kicks Off Promotional Trade Tour to Open Doors for Canadian Business and Promote Canadian Nuclear Technology in Europe

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today launched a four-country promotional tour to open doors for Canadian companies and promote Canadian technology, particularly in the energy sector. The Minister will visit Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Romania.

“The Baltic states and Romania have energy needs, and Canadian businesses have solutions,” said the Minister. “These countries represent significant opportunities for Canada’s nuclear industry, including the Visaginas nuclear project in Lithuania and the Cernavoda project in Romania—and these opportunities will translate into jobs back home in Canada.”

“We are pleased that Minister Day has chosen to visit Lithuania as it is considering CANDU as a strong contender in its selection of nuclear power technology, and also Romania as it moves forward with expanding its fleet of CANDU nuclear power plants to four units,” said Hugh MacDiarmid, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. “These opportunities will provide significant benefit to Canada’s nuclear design, manufacturing and construction industry, while providing economic and environmental benefits to Lithuania and Romania.”

During his visit, Minister Day will meet with key officials in all four countries to raise the profile of Canadian companies as world-class suppliers of quality goods and services, particularly those in the nuclear industry. For example, in Lithuania, he is planning to meet with Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and with the ministers of energy, foreign affairs and economy, as well as members of the Lithuanian parliament, including members of its committee on nuclear energy.

Canada currently holds 10 percent of the world nuclear reactor market. Canada’s nuclear energy industry is worth approximately $6.6 billion in annual revenues. The industry employs 31,000 people in 150 firms, and exports about $1.2 billion worth of products and services each year.

For further information on Minister Day’s visit to Europe, consult the following website:

International Trade: Minister Day opens doors for Canadian business in Europe

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For further information, and high-resolution pictures of Minister Day’s visit to Europe, media representatives may contact:

Mélisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-6186

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000