Thursday, May 26, 2016

Premier Clark takes trade discussions to Asia once again, with LNG one of the main topics on the agenda

Premier Clark is currently on a ten day
tour of Southeast Asia to build
business connections 
Just a few short days after the end of the Spring Session of the BC Legislature, Premier Christy Clark is on the road, taking part in a ten day trade mission to Asia, with stops in the Philippines, South Korea and Japan.

The focus of the Premier's trip is to open up markets in Southeast Asia for British Columbia goods, with a particular focus on the still to be developed LNG industry, as well as clean energy and green technology.

The Premier will also open up a new trade office in the Philippines that will introduce a range of British Columbia offerings to the region.

While in Southeast Asia the Premier will meet with key LNG stakeholders in Japan and Korea, seeking to increase interest in the British Columbia energy sector and the opportunities that it offers to Asia.

In Korea she met with officials from Korea Gas, the Korean company is one of the main investors in the LNG Canada project proposed for Kitimat.

The first leg of the tour took her to Korea until yesterday, Premier Clark is off to Manila today, the final portion of her discussions will find her in Japan from Saturday to Monday.

The tour of Asia might make for a political oasis of sorts for the Premier, recent results from  an Angus Reid poll on the Premiers, shows that the Premier's popularity levels continue to trend downwards, with Premier Clark receiving 27 per cent support in the most recent survey period.

Liberal supporters however note that the Premier has had low numbers in the past and that the last election delivered a majority government for Ms. Clark.

The itinerary and some background for the seven day journey can be found here.

Some of the announcements from the trip can be reviewed below:

B.C.-South Korean partnerships strengthened through free trade
Strengthening academic ties between South Korea and British Columbia

More items related to Provincial Government issues can be found on our Legislature archive.

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