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Minister of Agriculture strengthens Canada's agri-trade partner's with China
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, today wrapped up a successful 10-day visit to China, finishing a series of promotional events and meetings that raised the profile of Canadian agricultural products to our second-most valuable agri-food export market.
The three-city mission will help Canada reach its goal of growing global agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025 by providing Canadians and processors new opportunities to grow their businesses.
From Shanghai to Guangzhou to Beijing, the Minister strengthened Canada's position as a strong agricultural trading partner, and took every opportunity to showcase Canada's safe, high-quality food products to one of the world's most competitive and desired markets for agriculture.
Through meetings with his counterpart, Minister Han Changfu, and with Minister Zhi Shuping from China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), he set a path for continued stable trade for agricultural products.
Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said "China is a fast-growing market. More and more Chinese consumers are looking for the safe, high-quality food that Canadian farmers and processors deliver. The Government of Canada is working to get even more of our quality food products on Chinese store shelves and e-commerce platforms, creating good, well-paying jobs in Canada and helping to strengthen our middle class."
Mary Ng, Member of Parliament, Markham-Thornhill said "I'm happy to hear the positive news coming from Minister McAulay's trip to China. China is an important market for Canadian products, and this is encouraging news for both the Canadian and Chinese economy."
Shaun Chen, Member of Parliament, Scarborough North said "China is now the world's second largest economy, and Canadian producers have a lot to offer. Whether it is canola, soy or seafood, our processors and farmers continue to offer products that are safe and of the highest quality. Increasing trade between our two countries will not only help Canadian businesses, it will grow our middle class, create new jobs and increase our shared prosperity."
Publication date: 11/23/2017
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