26 Sept 2018
Canada Explores New Export Opportunities in Mainland China
Canadian Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng recently concluded a four-city visit to Hong Kong and mainland China where she represented Canada at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of the new champions and focused on developing export opportunities between Canada and mainland China.
Minister Ng began her trip in Beijing where she participated in a roundtable with the Canada China Business Council and the Mulan Club to discuss women entrepreneurship. She then travelled to Tianjin where she toured the Sino-Canadian Eco-District, a US$2.5-billion urban development project showcasing Canadian wood construction and energy efficient building technologies. The following day Minister Ng attended the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of the new champions, where she participated in sessions on gender inclusivity in the workplace and supporting female entrepreneurship.
Minister Ng then travelled to Shenzhen where she toured the HAX Accelerator, one of the world’s largest hardware accelerators and host to a number of Canadian start-ups (about 12 percent of its total). She also held productive discussions with mainland Chinese shipping firms on logistics and shipping goods between Canada and mainland China and met with representatives from the CanCham PRD, a group of Canadian business people working in mainland China’s Pearl River Delta region.
The minister concluded her visit in Hong Kong where she met with Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang to discuss further collaboration on and support for innovation and technology. She also participated in a roundtable with Hong Kong investors hosted by the Business Development Bank of Canada on the many investment opportunities Canada offers. Canadian authorities add that throughout her visit Minister Ng held a number of meetings with Canadian start-ups, business owners and investors operating in mainland China and Hong Kong.