Saskatchewan Government Relations

Saskatchewan Government Relations

October 19, 2005 18:05 ET

Saskatchewan Government Relations: Asia Mission to Promote Saskatchewan 'Powerhouse'

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) - Promoting the province's key economic sectors is "job one" on Team Saskatchewan's latest trade and investment mission, now leaving for Hong Kong, China, Japan and Kazakhstan.

Premier Lorne Calvert is leading the Oct. 17th to 29th trade mission, which includes approximately 40 business, community and academic leaders as participants. Team Saskatchewan will hold over 60 meetings with Asian business and government leaders to promote new business relationships in potash, energy, agriculture and agricultural machinery, telecommunications, film production, forestry, tourism and research and development.

"Hong Kong, China and Japan are among the world's - and Saskatchewan's-biggest importers and sources of investment, and Kazakhstan is a vital and growing market for us," Calvert said. "We intend to build on already well-established economic relationships, to explore exciting new trade and investment opportunities, and to create broader awareness of Saskatchewan's strengths in resources, agri-business, research and innovation."

Calvert leaves Wednesday for eight days of meetings in Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. Industry and Resources Minister Eric Cline is already en route for 10 days of meetings in Beijing and Jinan (Shandong Province) in China and Astana and Almaty in Kazakhstan.

Highlights of the mission include two keynote speeches by the premier on the "Saskatchewan Powerhouse" to the Canadian Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Japan. The delegation will meet in Hong Kong with Hutchison Wampoa Ltd. (parent company of Husky Energy) and the Noble Group; in China with Sinochem (potash), China National Cereals, Oils and Food Stuffs Corporation (COFCO), the China National Petroleum Corporation, Chinese film producers, the National People's Congress, and various Ministries; and in Japan with Hitachi, Sapporo Breweries, Nippon Flour Mills, the Idemitsu, Overseas Uranium Resources Development (OURD), Japan-Canada Uranium Company Limited (JCU) and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) uranium companies and Japanese outbound tourism operators.

A number of new co-operation agreements will be signed on the mission, including agreements between the University of Regina and Jinan University, between the University of Saskatchewan and the Beijing Institute of Technology, and between the China National Petroleum Corporation and the Regina-based Petroleum Technology Research Centre.

The premier will speak at a Canadian Beef Export Federation event in Tokyo, aimed at key players in the Japanese beef industry. Cline will focus on agriculture and agricultural machinery in his meetings with business leaders and Kazakhstan's Ministers of Agriculture and Industry and Trade.

"This mission speaks to a key thrust of the recently released Saskatchewan Action Plan for the Economy, namely enhancing and promoting our competitive advantages," Cline said. "We are one of Canada's most successful exporting provinces, and we intend to promote our goods, services and expertise even more aggressively in the global marketplace, and especially in Asia."

"Asia experts tell us that Saskatchewan's economic assets are supremely well positioned to take advantage of these booming Asian economies," outgoing president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) John Treleaven said. "Our business community told us last week in roundtable discussions that this trip to these places at this time is essential for their business prospects."

Participants on the Team Saskatchewan Asia mission include Canada Livestock Services, CanMar Grain Products, Farm Pure Global Inc., Hypor, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, City of Regina, Regina Regional Economic Development Authority, STEP, SaskFilm, Tourism Saskatchewan, Tourism Regina, Partners in Motion, Four Square Productions Limited, Prairie Malt, and Svalof Weibul.

Media Backgrounder

Team Saskatchewan Mission to Hong Kong, China, Japan and Kazakhstan

Trade Mission Highlights

October 17-29, 2005

Hong Kong

- Keynote address by Premier Calvert to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

- Meetings with chairman and senior officials of Hutchison Wampoa (parent
company of Husky Energy)

- Meetings with Noble Group and Canpotex

- Meeting with University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina Alumni
Associations in Hong Kong

Beijing

- Meetings with Sinochem, China National Cereals, Oils and Food Stuffs Corporation (COFCO), the China National Petroleum Corporation, the National People's Congress, China National Nuclear Corporation, Chinese film producers, Chinese Academy of Forestry, and various Ministries

- Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the China National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Technology Research Centre and the Government of Saskatchewan

- Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Saskatchewan and the Beijing Institute of Technology

- Saskatchewan-hosted reception for business, government and academic leaders. Dinner meeting with key Chinese decision makers in support of the province's business development goals

Jinan

- Meetings with Shandong University, CVIC SE, and various Ministries

- Banquet hosted by Governor of Shandong Province

- Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Regina and Jinan University

- Tourism Development Forum in Jinan

- Tour of Qilu Research Park and Software College

Tokyo

- Keynote address by Premier Calvert to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

- Meetings with Hitachi, Sapporo Breweries, Nippon Flour Mills, the Idemitsu, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Overseas Uranium Resources Development (OURD) and Japan-Canada Uranium Company Limited (JCU) uranium companies, and Japanese outbound tourism industry leaders

- Participation in a major annual technical seminar for the Canadian Beef Export Federation with Japanese industry leaders

Kazakhstan (Astana and Almaty)

- Meetings with Minister of Industry and Trade, Minister of Agriculture, Oblast of Akmola, Council of Entrepreneurs, Kazakhstan Grain Union

- Dinner hosted by Canada's Ambassador to Kazakhstan involving Canadian and Saskatchewan companies doing business in the country

Team Saskatchewan Concept

Team Saskatchewan is an initiative that Premier Calvert launched in May 2003. Team Saskatchewan targets out-of-province national and international events (such as tradeshows, conferences, forums and summits) to generate awareness of and interest in Saskatchewan as an investment attraction destination and a trading partner.

Team Saskatchewan's membership changes from mission to mission and according to the economic sectors being targeted. Its core membership consists of prominent business people, mayors, leaders of key community and cultural organizations and representatives from regional economic development authorities (REDAs).

Contact Information

  • Saskatchewan Government Relations
    Bob Ellis
    Industry and Resources, Regina
    (306) 787-1691