Macau­lay strength­ens Agri­cul­tural trade re­la­tion­ship and pro­motes small- and medium-sized ex­port de­vel­op­ment with China

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Agriculture - (CNW)

Canada is a trad­ing na­tion and re­mains fo­cused on reach­ing its tar­get of in­creas­ing Canada's global agri­cul­tural ex­ports to $75 bil­lion by 2025. With a pop­u­la­tion of 1.4 bil­lion and a grow­ing mid­dle class, pur­su­ing new mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties in China is es­sen­tial to the con­tin­ued growth of the Cana­dian econ­omy, and to Cana­dian farm­ers, pro­ces­sors and ex­porters.

Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Min­is­ter Lawrence MacAu­lay is cur­rently in China to pro­mote Canada's agri­cul­tural sec­tor to key in­dus­try and govern­ment of­fi­cials, and to strengthen our mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial trad­ing re­la­tion­ship.

Ear­lier this week, Min­is­ter MacAu­lay at­tended the his­toric first-ever China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo (CIIE) in Shang­hai hosted by the Pres­i­dent of the Peo­ple's Repub­lic of China, Xi Jin­ping.

The Expo is China's in­vi­ta­tion to coun­tries from all over the world to in­crease their ex­ports to the fast grow­ing con­sumer mar­kets across China. Min­is­ter MacAu­lay, along with Cana­dian in­dus­try, met and con­nected with top Chi­nese and in­ter­na­tional im­porters to pro­mote Cana­dian agri­cul­ture, agri-food and seafood.

The govern­ment of Canada is work­ing hard to make it eas­ier for small- and medium-sized Cana­dian com­pa­nies to do busi­ness both at home and abroad. Min­is­ter MacAu­lay met with Cana­dian and Chi­nese in­dus­try groups, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Hema, Alibaba's in­no­va­tive off­line re­tail store that dis­trib­utes Cana­dian prod­ucts, to dis­cuss fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Cana­dian agri­cul­tural sec­tor. Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Hema to in­crease the vis­i­bil­ity of, and to fur­ther pro­mote Cana­dian agri-food, fish and seafood, and bev­er­age prod­ucts in their off­line re­tail stores across China.

"As the world's sec­ond largest econ­omy, China is a mar­ket with sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth. Along with Cana­dian in­dus­try, I will con­tinue to meet with my coun­ter­parts and busi­ness part­ners in China to ex­plore ways to make our part­ner­ships even stronger. The eco­nomic ben­e­fits of an even stronger re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries will help all Cana­di­ans, in­clud­ing our farm­ers, pro­ces­sors, fish­er­men and ex­porters, said MacAu­lay.

"China is a Canada's sec­ond largest mar­ket and of­fers sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness of all sizes. This mis­sion to China is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to make the con­nec­tions nec­es­sary to bring more of the world­class Made-in-Canada prod­ucts we know are in-de­mand right now. More ac­cess leads to more sales and that cre­ates well-pay­ing mid­dle class jobs here at home," added Mary Ng, Min­is­ter of Small Busi­ness and Ex­port Pro­mo­tion.

In Qing­dao, Min­is­ter MacAu­lay was joined by his col­leagues Min­is­ter

Scott Bri­son and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Alaina Lock­hart, and At­lantic Pre­miers as part of the At­lantic Growth Strat­egy Mis­sion. Min­is­ter MacAu­lay also at­tended the China Fish­eries and Seafood Expo (CFSE) to high­light the high qual­ity of Cana­dian fish and seafood ex­ports to China. In ad­di­tion, Min­is­ter MacAu­lay par­tic­i­pated in a cook­ing demon­stra­tion with the Lob­ster Coun­cil of Canada, toured the Cana­dian pav­il­ion where he vis­ited some of the 60 Cana­dian ex­hibitors at their booths, and he par­tic­i­pated in the Cana­dian com­pany Clear­wa­ter's new Chi­nese name launch.

The Cana­dian agri­cul­tural mis­sion to China con­tin­ues next week in Bei­jing and re­turns to Shang­hai to sup­port Cana­dian in­dus­try at Food and Ho­tel China.

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