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B.C.-South Korean partnerships strengthened through free trade

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B.C.-South Korean partnerships strengthened through free trade

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Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
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B.C.-Gyeonggi Sister-Province Agreement 2013-16 Action Plan achievements

On Premier Christy Clark’s trade mission to South Korea, the Philippines and Japan, a bilateral meeting was held with Gyeonggi Governor Nam Kyung-Pil to discuss the long-standing sister province relationship between British Columbia and Gyeonggi.

This relationship is a reflection of the strong family, business and cultural ties that connect the two provinces, and it has enabled the joint pursuit of economic and cultural partnerships in a number of areas, including education, trade and investment, science and technology, and natural resource development.

Progress to date on the Gyeonggi-British Columbia Sister Province Agreement 2013-16 Action Plan includes:

Clean Energy

  • The 2013-16 Action Plan encourages British Columbia and Gyeonggi businesses to participate in one another’s international conferences and trade shows and to exchange market information.
  • In February 2016, six companies from Gyeonggi attended the GLOBE 2016 conference in Vancouver.
  • In addition, various companies from the two provinces are advancing joint research opportunities in bioenergy, and are in discussions about potentially sharing environmental monitoring technology for offshore wind power projects in South Korea.

Digital Media and Wireless

  • The Action Plan encourages co-operative links between companies and organizations in the field of digital media and wireless.
  • In May 2014, B.C. companies participated in the Good Game Show in Gyeonggi, where they toured the Gyeonggi Culture Creation Hub, an incubator for Gyeonggi-based digital media/gaming companies in the Pangyo Techno Valley.
  • At SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Gyeonggi-based V-Flap was among eight South Korean companies with exhibitions at the event.

Agrifoods

  • As part of the Action Plan, companies and organizations are encouraged to exchange market information and news on agrifoods opportunities in their respective provinces.
  • From May 10-13, 2016, 19 B.C. companies attended the 2016 Seoul Food and Hotel Show in Goyang City to promote their products to potential South Korean partners and investors. In 2015, 15 British Columbia companies attended Seoul Food and Hotel Show.
  • As part of efforts to identify opportunities for sustainable business growth in the field of marine leisure, British Columbia led a delegation of six B.C. companies at the South Korea International Boat Show in Goyang City in June 2014.

Personnel Exchange

  • In May 2015, representatives from the Gyeonggi Ministry of Gender Equality and Family visited British Columbia to study policies related to families and gender equality.
  • In July 2015, B.C. received Jung Jong-kug as Gyeonggi’s third exchange officer to the province.

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