CanCham at the Canada-in-Asia Conference
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai was honoured to have attended the Canada-in-Asia Conference (CiAC) presented by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Singapore last week. We are especially glad to have been so well represented there by the Chair of our Board of Directors, Mark Ceolin, Member of the Board, Paul Moysuik, as well as members of the CanCham Shanghai Advisory Council Olivia Zhou and Kevin Tsui.
The CiAC began on the 21st of February and carried forward to the 23rd with an atmosphere that opened up critical conversation and discussion about Canadian business in Asia. The conference brought together an array of keynote speakers and business representatives in exploration of business strategy and landscape across a broad scope of industry sectors and business goals. The event marked part of Canada’s first trade missions in the Indo-Pacific, as a step in Canada’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy.
The Indo-Pacific Strategy represents Canada’s recognition of growing economies across the Indo-Pacific region. As a region currently, the Indo-Pacific represents one-third of all global economic activity and is set to rapidly expand its participation globally within the next decade. As these economies expand, there exists an opportunity for the Canadian government to grow and protect the Canadian economy while supporting development in the Indo-Pacific region.
While at the CiAC, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai was particularly delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the Honourable Mary Ng, Canadian Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business & Economic Development. A meeting was held that included the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) Shanghai, CanCham Hong Kong, CanCham Korea, CanCham Singapore, CanCham Cambodia, CanCham Thailand, and the Canada China Business Council all in one room, as well as several additional Canadian Chambers in the region that participated virtually. Through this meeting the Canadian Government showed firm commitment toward investments in the region and Minister Ng pledged support to the Canadian Chambers in our work to facilitate Canadian trade. It was our absolute pleasure to have this chance to communicate with Minister Ng, but also to connect all of our fellow Canadian Chambers.