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NEWS RELEASE · 16th May 2010
Office of the Premier
The premiers of the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan today opened the Shanghai-based Western Canada Trade and Investment Office, advancing Western Canada's interests and bolstering economic ties in China.

The Western Canada Trade and Investment Office will further Western Canada's global leadership in advanced industries including green technology, natural resources, agri-food and agriculture. It will also promote other sectors, including education, tourism and investment attraction. Shanghai was selected as it is China's trade and financial hub, is the world's second-busiest port, and has a population of more than 20 million people.

"Alberta has been at the forefront of Canada China relations since the 1960s and we continue to seek new alliances in the region," said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. "The Shanghai office gives us an expanded presence as well as an ability to better serve our network of business partners and investors in this crucial market."

The joint office is part of the recently forged New West Partnership agreement between Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. The partnership has created Canada's largest open, efficient and stable marketplace of nearly nine million people and a combined GDP of more than $550 billion. A key element of the Partnership is a commitment to collaborate on international initiatives, including sharing resources in international markets.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall believes "Saskatchewan, and the West, has what the world wants and needs. The economies of the New West Partnership are among the most robust and diversified you will find anywhere. We are making it as easy as possible for investors to do business in the West, and to pursue opportunities which only exist here."

"British Columbia is pleased to partner with Saskatchewan and Alberta in promoting Western Canada's advantages to Chinese investors and partners," said British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. "British Columbia already operates three of its own trade and investments offices in China and the new Shanghai office will help build on our position as Canada's Pacific Gateway."

The Western Canada Trade and Investment Office is located on the 20th floor of The Centre building at 989 Changle Road. The phone number is 21-5116-6860.

The premiers are in China to promote trade and investment opportunities with Western Canada, along with the region's geographic and infrastructure advantages, including the region's multi modal Pacific Gateway and Corridor transportation system. The premiers are also in China to express their support for open skies agreements and open trade with the Asia Pacific region.