Rachel Notley back from 10-day trade mission to China, Japan
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Rachel Notley back from 10-day trade mission to China, Japan

Friday marks two years since the NDP was elected to lead Alberta, but this week Premier Rachel Notley has other things on her mind.

The one-year anniversary of the Fort McMurray wildfire, for one, and her recent return to Canada after a 10-day trade mission to China and Japan.

The mission took Notley and Trade Minister Deron Bilous to Beijing, where they attended the first China-Alberta Energy and Climate Change Roundtable and signed a memorandum of understanding with two Chinese government departments that deal with economic development efforts and energy issues.

A ceremony following the roundtable included a number of agreements between Alberta organizations and Chinese partners, including a joint energy research centre and an innovation incubator with Tsinghua University, and rehabilitation medical training and professional development partnerships around health and aging.

Notley also signed a landmark agreement for Alberta with the province of Guangdong, in southern China, to help facilitate trade between the two jurisdictions.

The agreement includes Guangdong’s plans to become one of China’s top performers in improving water quality and reducing carbon emissions.

“By entering into a sister-province relationship with Guangdong, we are opening new channels for our provinces to collaborate and build strong business and cultural links,” Notley said in a statement.

Guangdong represents 25 per cent of China’s total imports and exports and is the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in China.

Around 20 per cent of Canada’s exports to China go to Guangdong, making it the No. 1 provincial destination in China for Canadian exports.

Notley will speak with media about the mission Thursday afternoon.



source : Calgary SUN
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