Monday September 01, 2014

subscription options

Print Edition»

  • Includes free
    digital edition
  • Digital Edition»

  • Print format with
    enhanced features!

    • What do you consider to be the 2013 Story of the Year?
    • B.C. election
    • 36%
    • TRU law school
    • 4%
    • Proposed Ajax mine
    • 43%
    • Jack Shippobotham death
    • 3%
    • Starving horses seized
    • 11%
    • Red Lake cold case
    • 3%
    • Total Votes: 1070

    Home »  News »  Business

    B.C. moves to expand trade with office in London, U.K.

    LONDON - The British Columbia government has opened a trade and investment office in London to strengthen the province's economic ties with Europe and the United Kingdom.

    The U.K. is Canada's second largest trading partner and is one of the strongest markets for investment, trade and tourism for the province, states the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

    In fact, it accounted for 44 per cent of the European tourists who visited the province in 2011 and 30 per cent of those who visited Canada from the continent that same year.

    "British Columbia, with our abundant natural resources, major planned liquefied natural gas development and companies at the leading edge of clean technology, is a natural trade and investment partner for European countries," said Pat Bell, the ministry of jobs, tourism and skills training, in a news release.

    "Our international network promotes British Columbia as a stable and attractive destination for investment, tourists and international students, creating jobs here at home to support B.C. families."

    The province's new Trade and Investment Office is located in central London, operates side-by-side with an existing tourism division, and will be led by European trade and investment representative Susan Haird.

    Haird whose career has spanned 35 years was most recently the deputy chief executive of United Kingdom Trade and Investment.

    Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, along with B.C.'s Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and former B.C. premier and Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell all attended the office's opening Wednesday.

    According to the provincial government, the European Union is the world's largest trading blocks and has a combined GDP of $17 trillion.

    Nine trade and investment representatives work on behalf of B.C. in Japan, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Europe, the U.S. and East, North and South China.


    NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

    The Kamloops Daily News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

    blog comments powered by Disqus

    Sitemap / RSS   Glacier Community Media:    © Copyright 2014 Glacier Community Media | User Agreement & Privacy Policy

    LOG IN

    Lost your password?