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January 18, 2007
No. 10
The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, today concluded a successful
Gateway mission to China, laying the groundwork for Canada to become the Gateway
of choice between Asia and North America.
“We presented Chinese traders and investors with a compelling argument for using
Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor and received very positive responses. We
have made significant inroads on this trip,” said Minister Emerson. “Canada will
continue to be proactive on this initiative and to sell the Gateway as the most efficient
and reliable way to ship goods to North America.”
The Minister was accompanied by James Moore, Parliamentary Secretary for the
Pacific-Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, and a delegation of business
leaders from the transportation and logistical services sector. They met with key
stakeholders in Hong Kong and Shanghai, which are major shipping centres for China,
and toured the local port facilities. In Beijing, he met with the Minister of
Communication, Li Shenglin, who oversees transportation in China.
During his visit to the Yangshan Port in Shanghai, Minister Emerson noted the
impressive and rapid development of maritime infrastructure in China. He added that
Canada must intensify efforts to establish partnership initiatives and attract investment
that will bring Canada and China even closer than they have been in the past.
“Canada’s new government has a comprehensive strategy to further develop Canada’s
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor and take full advantage of our geographical position
as the crossroads between Asia and the North American market,” said Mr. Moore. “We
held constructive discussions to enhance our understanding of our respective trading
environments and generate ideas pertaining to the growing Chinese marketplace. As a
result of these discussions, Minister Emerson and I will be looking at ways to
incorporate these ideas into our Gateway strategy.”
The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, announced by Prime Minister Harper
on October 11, 2006, is an integrated set of investment and policy measures to
strengthen Canada’s competitive position in international commerce. The Initiative
delivers significant new public investment—$591 million overall for a variety of
infrastructure, transportation technology and border security projects.
For more information on the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, please visit
http://www.apgci.gc.ca.
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