Canada to fur­ther ties in agri­cul­ture sec­tor

China Daily - - CHINA INTERNATIONAL IMPORT EXPO - By WANG XIAODONG in Shang­hai wangx­i­aodong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

(cen­ter), Canada’s min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture and agri-food, ap­plauds the sign­ing of agri­cul­ture and health­care busi­ness agree­ments at the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai.

Canada is keen to cash in on the open­ing-up mea­sures in China’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor and plans to in­crease ex­ports to the coun­try, a top Cana­dian of­fi­cial said on Fri­day.

Speak­ing at the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai, Lawrence Ma­cAulay, Canada’s min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture and agri-food, said he sees great po­ten­tial for high­qual­ity agri­cul­tural prod­ucts from his coun­try in China.

The min­is­ter’s com­ments came af­ter com­pa­nies from the two coun­tries signed 14 busi­ness agree­ments in agri­cul­ture and health­care at the Canada pav­il­ion on Fri­day.

“We are con­tin­u­ously work­ing with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and the Chi­nese peo­ple. We know we have top-qual­ity and safe food and we know that the Chi­nese con­sumers love such prod­ucts. That is why we were pleased to hear Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping say­ing that China will open its doors wider. We are go­ing to take ad­van­tage of China’s fur­ther open­ing-up.”

Canada is work­ing with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to lower tar­iffs for agri­cul­tural prod­ucts so as to boost ex­ports, he said.

“The China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo brings peo­ple to Shang­hai. It is a good oc­ca­sion to deepen our re­la­tions fur­ther,” Ma­cAulay said.

Thomas Lin, pres­i­dent of China Af­fairs for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Pro­fes­sional Nutri­tion­ists in Canada, said his as­so­ci­a­tion has signed co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with three com­pa­nies in China. “We plan to build train­ing cen­ters with our Chi­nese part­ners and train 5,000 cer­ti­fied nutri­tion­ists for China that meet Cana­dian stan­dards over the next few years,” he said.

This could re­duce the gap be­tween sup­ply and de­mand for pro­fes­sional nutri­tion­ists in China, he said.

“Pro­fes­sional nutri­tion­ists can pro­vide pro­fes­sional ad­vice to Chi­nese peo­ple so they can make the right de­ci­sions when choos­ing nu­tri­tion prod­ucts to im­prove their health,” he said.

Polly Zhao, Canada Beef In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute’s chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive for China, said the in­sti­tute signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Mil­lion Group, which is owned by Shang­hai-based Bright Food Co, un­der which the two have agreed to pro­mote Cana­dian beef in the Chi­nese mar­ket.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Lawrence Ma­cAulay

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