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Premier returns from successful relationship-building visit to Europe
French, Punjabi and traditional Chinese translations are available
Friday, June 14, 2019 9:00 AM
Premier John Horgan has wrapped up a successful working visit to Europe.
During the visit, Premier Horgan observed the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at Juno Beach in France, then promoted trade and investment opportunities in meetings with government and business leaders in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
“It was a great honour to attend ceremonies on Juno Beach, in remembrance of British Columbian and Canadian soldiers who fought bravely for the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Premier Horgan. “We must never forget the sacrifice made by our veterans, as well as their families and loved ones.”
The Premier’s nine-day visit reinforced the strong ties between B.C. and three of Europe’s leading economies. This was an opportunity to promote B.C. as a stable place for trade and investment and highlight how the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will open new markets for B.C. exporters and create good-paying jobs for people throughout the province.
Meetings in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands included business roundtables and meetings with government officials and business leaders to explore new partnerships in B.C.’s energy and renewable energy sectors and identify new, clean economy opportunities through CleanBC.
“Forming business partnerships will lead to shared prosperity and greater opportunities for people,” said Premier Horgan. “We are working to open doors for B.C. businesses and if we seize opportunities in trade, energy and clean technology, we can sharpen our global competitiveness and be a positive influence in the world.”
The visit began in France on June 4, 2019, and concluded in the Netherlands on June 13.
To read the release in traditional Chinese, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Chinese_NR_PJH_Europe_Wrap.pdf
To read the release in Punjabi, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Punjabi_NR_PJH_Europe_Wrap.pdf
To read the release in French, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/French_NR_PJH_Europe_Wrap.pdf
A backgrounder on highlights from the trip follows.
Premier Horgan has returned from a nine-day working visit to France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands aimed at commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Juno Beach in France.
Meetings in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands focused on expanding economic ties, promoting B.C.’s strengths in clean energy, technology and innovation through CleanBC, and discussing shared solutions to combat climate change.
Highlights of the visit include:
- As a member of the Canadian delegation, the Premier observed the D-Day ceremonies on behalf of British Columbia at Juno Beach with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- A meeting with the Canadian deputy high commissioner to the United Kingdom was held to share views on the politics and economies in B.C., Canada, the U.K. and Europe, as well as an opportunity to promote B.C.’s application for the Invictus Games.
- The Premier attended an event with representatives from several leading U.K. companies to discuss opportunities for further collaboration and business development. These companies included Babcock International, BAE Systems, the IP group and the Madano Partnership and Pinewood Studios.
- A meeting with U.K.-leading architecture firm Waugh Thistleton, which specializes in timber and cross-laminated timber construction, provided the opportunity to promote B.C.’s leadership and new policy on the use of innovative B.C. wood products in the construction of tall wood buildings.
- Premier Horgan toured the Siemens Crystal Building to learn more about European approaches to zero-emission buildings and smart city development. The Premier also shared B.C.’s experience in the same fields, particularly in the context of CleanBC.
- The Premier met with the Canadian ambassador to the Netherlands to explore shared priorities on trade, investment, economic development and climate change policy in the Netherlands.
- A meeting with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy provided an opportunity to highlight the Province’s recent actions through CleanBC to develop a sustainable economy and tackle climate change. In addition, B.C.’s liquefied natural gas was promoted for marine bunkering applications at the Port of Rotterdam.
- The Premier met with Royal Dutch Shell, the leading proponent for the LNG Canada project, to acknowledge Shell’s continued investment in the natural gas industry in British Columbia.
- The Premier met with Priva, a leading Dutch vertical farming, indoor horticulture and building management systems business, to learn about Priva’s expertise in horticultural technology, as well as its future growth plans.