British Columbia-Canada pavilion to open in Beijing



British Columbia’s Premier Gordon Campbell and the federal Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics - David Emerson, will lead a delegation of over 120 clean technology, environmental, and urban design leaders on a mission to Korea and China, which will culminate in the official opening of the BC-Canada Pavilion in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics Games.

Other federal and provincial Ministers will join with Premier Gordon Campbell and select B.C. delegates on a two-city tour through Seoul and Beijing for a series of meetings, site visits, networking sessions and country briefings with their government and industry counterparts. The Beijing stop is especially important, as participants will take part in the official opening of the BC-Canada Pavilion opposite Tiananmen Square.

BC companies seeking opportunities in the Korean and Chinese environmental and clean energy markets will comprise a major portion of the mission. They will be joined by leading experts in green building and urban design who are also interesting in deepening business relationships in the Asia Pacific marketplace.

'British Columbia has world-leading expertise in green technology and green design, and this mission will help us make valuable connections to two of Asia’s burgeoning economies who are looking for ways to become more sustainable and, like British Columbia, reduce their footprint on the planet,' said Premier Campbell. 'We will also forge relationships with key education and research facilities, and mining, shipping, and transportation investors; and promote B.C. as the host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.'

The Korean environmental market is expected to grow at a record pace for the next decade due to the government’s commitment to improving the natural environment and to make cities more sustainable. The Korean government plans to develop the environmental sector into one of the nation’s strategic priority sectors. Korea is B.C.’s fourth-largest import market.

While in Korea, members of the delegation will tour the Gwanggyo Techno Valley in Gyeonggi Province, the Sister Province to British Columbia in Korea.

China is B.C.’s second-largest trade partner; with more than $10 billion annually in trade between China and B.C. China is B.C.’s second-largest import market and third-largest export market. Exports to China have increased more than 97 per cent since 2002.

A major focus of China’s current Five-Year Plan focuses on the expansion of clean and renewable energy resources with particular emphasis clean coal technologies, wind and solar power, biomass and large scale, high-efficiency, clean power generation.

During the three day program in Beijing, participating companies will use the facilities of the BC-Canada Pavilion to showcase their technologies to Chinese corporate and government officials, followed by roundtable discussions on best practices. BC Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen will open a day long program focused on new media and information technology. Premier Gordon Campbell will open a day long program devoted to clean technology and environmental concerns.

Participating clean technology and environmental companies include ARA Safety Inc., Ballard Power Systems, Carmanah Technologies Corp, Westport innovations Inc., Bi PureWater, Aquaguard, 6N Silicon Inc, Powertech Labs, Sacré-Davey Group, the GLOBE Foundation of Canada, The National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, O2 Environmental Inc., Xantrex, Automotive Fuel Cell Company (AFCC), New East Consulting Services, Legend Power Systems Inc. and IMW Industries Ltd. Also taking part in the program will be the British Columbia Technology Association, the British Columbia Environmental Industries Association, and Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada.

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