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Minister to promote B.C. wood in India

Oct. 21, 2016 - B.C. finance minister Michael de Jong is leading an investor tour to India next week that will highlight B.C. forest products, financial and economic ties.

October 21, 2016  By B.C. Ministry of Finance

The minister will be in India from Oct. 22-29, where he will meet with federal and state government officials, as well as leaders in India’s financial and business community including the Reserve Bank of India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, Indian Oil, financial institutions and investors.

“On this mission, we will continue to build on these ties through face-to-face meetings with decision makers in key sectors such as forestry and finance to open doors for B.C. businesses looking to capitalize on India’s growing economy,” de Jong said.

B.C. exports to India have jumped from $201 million in 2011 to $623 million in 2015, making India B.C.’s fifth-largest trading partner. Key exports include copper, coal and wood products. By 2030, India is expected to be the world’s third-largest economy behind the United States and China.

To build on the momentum of this significant export growth, B.C. has developed a strategy for growing trade and investment with India. Through this strategy, B.C. will build stronger relationships in India, target key growth sectors and raise the profile and awareness of British Columbia in the Indian market. Specific examples include:

  • Helping British Columbians find export opportunities and investment sources in India through B.C.’s trade and investment presence in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
  • Committing $5 million over three years to promote a stronger B.C. wood brand in India. This investment helps B.C. companies establish themselves as the world’s leading suppliers of sustainably harvested wood products to a market that includes the world’s largest middle class.
  • Working on a reciprocal arrangement between Partnerships BC and the Indian Infrastructure Finance Corporation that would see representatives from the provincial Crown corporation working in India to learn and share knowledge and experience, with representatives from India coming to B.C. to do the same.

After meetings in India, de Jong will travel to Malaysia to explore opportunities to further bilateral economic relations.

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