More Cana­dian food prod­ucts are headed for Chi­nese din­ner ta­bles

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU wan­gru@chi­nadaily.com.cn

An of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tion of agri­cul­tural and food as­so­ci­a­tions from Canada vis­ited China last week and brought more Cana­dian prod­ucts to Chi­nese ta­bles.

Led by An­drea Lyon, deputy min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Chongqing, Shang­hai and Bei­jing last week, hold­ing pro­mo­tion events and sign­ing deals with lo­cal Chi­nese part­ners.

The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded 61 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 35 Cana­dian com­pa­nies and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, and five pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments.

Dur­ing the pro­mo­tion event that was held last Wed­nes­day in Bei­jing, AAFC signed a co­op­er­a­tive frame­work agree­ment with China’s ma­jor e-com­merce plat­form JD.com. A new Cana­dian seafood page will be launched on JD.com.

Un­der this agree­ment, over the next year, the par­ties will seek to in­crease the num­ber of Cana­dian agri-food and fish and seafood prod­ucts avail­able on JD.com’s online stores, and to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity of Cana­dian prod­ucts through pro­mo­tional events on JD.com’s online plat­form.

AAFC is the gov­ern­ment min­istry in Canada that pro­vides lead­er­ship in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of a com­pet­i­tive, in­no­va­tive and sus­tain­able Cana­dian agri­cul­ture and agri-food sec­tor.

The Cana­dian Am­bas­sador to China Guy Saint-Jac­ques, Keith Col­well, min­is­ter of Fish­eries, Aqua­cul­ture and Agri­cul­ture for Nova Sco­tia, and Feng Yi, vice pres­i­dent of JD.com, at­tended the sign­ing cer­e­mony.

“I am very pleased we are tak­ing this im­por­tant new step in build­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Canada’s seafood in­dus­try as well as the value chain here in China,” said Lyon. “This ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how Cana­dian and Chi­nese busi­nesses are work­ing to­gether to in­crease sales for our mu­tual agri­cul­tural and seafood in­dus­tries.”

She added: “But our re­la­tion­ship runs deeper than dol­lars. We col­lab­o­rate on a whole range of lev­els -- reg­u­la­tory, aca­demic, tech­ni­cal, pol­icy and agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.”

This year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of Canada-China diplo­matic re­la­tions.

“Canada’s laws and reg­u­la­tions pro­vide world-class food safety, crop and live­stock pro­duc­tion sys­tems,” said Saint-Jac­ques. “Our trad­ing re­la­tion­ship ben­e­fits both of

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