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B.C. Luncheon with Premier Christy Clark

Sunny Kim

By Sunny Kim

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

August 4, 2016

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark provides opening remarks.

Canada Wood Korea (CWK) was invited with 16 CEOs of wood industry and architects to a business luncheon with B.C. Premier Christy Clark took place on Wednesday, May 25th at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, which was hosted by the B.C. Ministry of International Trade with the B.C. Korea Office.

The luncheon was part of the Premier’s trade mission to Asia to promote B.C.’s key priority sectors, including LNG, clean tech, agriculture, and international education, and this was the first time a Canadian Premier visited Korea after the CK-FTA was signed. For the luncheon, over 200 delegates from the Canadian trade mission and Korean companies in wood industry, clean tech, energy, mining, infrastructure, and ICT attended the event.

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One of two tables for Korean wood industry were filled with leading CEOs of wood industry and architects invited by CWK.

In her remarks, Premier Clark highlighted the importance of the relationship between Canada and Korea as two countries share common interests. The Premier also pointed out the gains in exports in the areas of softwood lumber, seafood, and agri-food since the CKFTA was signed mentioning how Korea is an important gateway for clean energy resources to Asia. The Premier’s speech showed her genuine commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship between B.C. and Korea. Following her remarks, H.E. Eric Walsh, the Canadian Ambassador to Korea also highlighted the steps that are being taken to strengthen Canada-Korea’s exchanges in the fields of science and technology, education, and infrastructure.