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Minister Fast Welcomes Canadian Company’s Success in Ghana

Photo: Minister Fast (centre) meets with representatives of Episolar Inc., Daniel McCormick, CFA and Managing Partner (left), and Robert Koblinsky, Managing Partner (right).

February 1, 2013 - Accra - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, congratulates Episolar Inc. of Toronto on its power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd. Siginik Energy Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Episolar Inc., to build a 50 MW AC solar installation, the largest in West Africa and one of the largest on the African continent. The project is valued at over US$200 million.

Minister Fast is on a six-day trade mission to Nigeria and Ghana to advance the interests of Canadian businesses in sub-Saharan Africa. Increased trade will in turn create jobs and increased prosperity for all Canadians. Minister Fast is accompanied on the trade mission by representatives of nearly 30 Canadian organizations, most of them operating in the extractive industries and infrastructure sectors.

This first trade mission of 2013, which is being organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, is one of several strategically focused, sector-specific missions to fast-growing regions around the world that Minister Fast has led since becoming international trade minister.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, a part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, is located in more than 150 cities worldwide and in regional offices across Canada, and is Canada's most extensive network of international business professionals. The Trade Commissioner Service helps companies that are looking to export, invest abroad, attract investment or develop innovation and R & D partnerships.

For more information about Minister Fast’s visit to sub-Saharan Africa, please visit Minister Fast’s Trade Mission to Africa.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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