Started as an informal association of large Canadian cities in 2007 and formally incorporated in 2012, the Consider Canada City Alliance Inc. is embarking on a six-day investment mission to three Chinese cities starting the week of April 14th. Representatives from 10 members of the Alliance are uniting their economic development strength to promote Canada as the world’s most desirable destination for Chinese investment and trade.
The OECD expects China’s economy to overtake that of the United States, currently Canada’s largest trading partner, as soon as 2016. Consider Canada City Alliance members strongly believe that cities play an increasingly critical role in global economic flows and that Canada’s value proposition for trade and investment is best presented through integrated efforts at the national and regional levels. Together, the 11 cities of the Consider Canada City Alliance represent:
· 54% of Canada’s population
· 56% of Canada’s employment
· 59% of its GDP
· 72% of Canada’s GDP growth (between 2007 and 2012)
· 90% of jobs growth in Canada (between 2007 and 2012)
Starting in Hong Kong, and then moving to meetings in Shēnzhèn and Beijing, approximately 30 Consider Canada City Alliance members and associated senior executives will be meeting with pre-qualified Chinese companies and government organizations to make presentations at China-Canada Investment Opportunities seminars. These seminars are being facilitated by Federal government representatives from Invest in Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).
The charter members of the Consider Canada City Alliance are: Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Québec City, Winnipeg, Waterloo Region and Saskatoon. A press release announcing the detailed agenda of the Consider Canada City Alliance trade mission to China will follow on April 15th.
For more information on the Consider Canada City Alliance, please go to www.considercanada.com or www.canadaentete.com. Both Web sites also contain Chinese-language information.