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2009 China Engineering, Technology Expo opens in Vancouver
2009/10/30

The 2009 China Engineering Technology Expo opened in Vancouver, Oct. 19, 2009. The event was sponsored by Ministry of Commerce of China and lasted for 3days. Present at the opening ceremony were Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Chen Jian, Canadian Senator Yonah Martin and Ian Burney, assistant deputy minister of the Canadian International Trade, Don Fast, Vice Minister of British Columbia Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, and Peter Harder, President of Canada China Business Council and around 200 other delegates from two countries. Chinese Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Lan Lijun, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Liang Shugen, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver, and Jiang Shan, Economic and Commercial Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy were also present at the ceremony.

Vice Minister of Commerce Chen Jian said at the opening ceremony that China and Canada were two important Pacific-rim countries. Over the past years, the bilateral trade had developed rapidly and two-way investment was expanding, co-operative relations between the two countries had been ever closer. The Expo aimed to showcase the strength and competitive advantage of the Chinese companies in the infrastructure fields and to provide a platform for them to explore the possibilities of cooperating with their potential Canadian partners under Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. Canadian Senator Yonah Martin said the fact that the first ever China Engineering Exhibition opened in Vancouver highlighted the importance of bilateral economic relations. She expressed the hope that the gateway initiative would bring more opportunities to the cooperation between companies of the two countries. Ian Burney, assistant deputy minister of the Canadian International Trade added that, there was a sound foundation for bilateral trade, the volume of trade was increasing steadily. He believed there would be a great future for Sino-Canadian engineering technology cooperation. Don Fast, Vice Minister from BC province stated that, even under the impact of the financial crisis, BC Province as the bridgehead of the Asia-Pacific gateway, its trade Volume with China was still growing at a rate of 20%, and he hoped that Canada would continue to strengthen economic and trade cooperation with China.

In his speech, Ambassador Lan Lijun stressed that, in the past 39 years, Sino-Canada relations had developed rapidly, and the two sides had expanded cooperation in all fields. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Canadian diplomatic relations, and we sincerely hoped that, the Fair would serve as a platform for business people of the two countries to strengthen communications and mutual trust, broaden cooperation on the basis of "mutually benefit, win-win situation" so as to promote the healthy development of Sino-Canadian relations and bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

In the afternoon, Canada-China Engineering Technology Forum, was also held in the Convention and Exhibition Center. Peter Harder, President of Canada China Business Council and all the company representatives from China and Saskatoon, Alberta, BC Provinces, made presentations on Sino-Canadian engineering and technology cooperation in the future and the two countries' complementary strengths.

China Engineering and Technology Expo is the first of its kind in North America sponsored by the Chinese Government. China Engineering Technology Exhibition was held many places in Asia, South America over the past. Some 39 leading Chinese companies participated in the expo, which aims to showcase the strength and competitive advantage of the Chinese companies in such fields as infrastructure, communication, water power and mining and to provide a platform for them to explore the possibilities of cooperating with their potential Canadian partners under Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.

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