Industry Canada

Industry Canada

July 19, 2005 10:32 ET

Industry Canada: Ministers Emerson and Xu Agree on an Agenda for Advancing Canada-China S&T Collaboration

BEIJING, CHINA--(CCNMatthews - July 19, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, and Mr. Xu Guanhua, Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China today agreed on an agenda for advancing collaboration in Science and Technology (S&T) between Canada and China.

Ministers Emerson and Xu agreed to establish a working group on Canada-China S&T collaboration, which will discuss key areas of bilateral S&T collaboration. Senior officials from key Canadian and Chinese ministries with responsibility for trade and S&T will oversee this process and ensure progress. During their meeting today, the two ministers confirmed a date of early August 2005 for the inaugural meeting of the working group. Finally, while discussing a broad framework for advancing the bilateral S&T agenda, the ministers also recognized the need to identify particular S&T projects and activities of the greatest mutual benefit to both Canada and China.

The consensus arrived at during today's meeting will build on the longstanding Canada-China cooperation in the area of S&T. It also demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to enhancing links and cooperation with key markets such as China. Minister Emerson noted that his colleague, Jim Peterson, the Minister of International Trade, secured funding in Budget 2005 to support new bilateral S&T projects with specific international economies.

"By promoting an international spirit of collaboration, we are encouraging researchers, universities and businesses to identify shared interests and research agendas," said Minister Emerson. "This will help both countries maximize their research efforts and pursue opportunities to develop and commercialize new ideas."

"Canada wants China as a key economic partner in all fields, including science and technology," said Minister Peterson. "We recognize that closer S&T ties with China can benefit both countries and can enhance trade and investment."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 943-2502