Expanded relationships, business deals, agreements between universities, and new office openings were highlighted by Premier Christy Clark as successes achieved during the BC Jobs and Trade Mission to India and China.
“We set out on our jobs and trade mission to open doors, strengthen existing relationships, and set the stage for future success in China and India,” said Premier Clark. “After being in Asia for nearly two weeks with hundreds of representatives from business, education, and cultural organizations, I can unequivocally state it was mission accomplished.”
During the BC Jobs and Trade Mission more than 60 business deals and partnership agreements were signed or announced, while Premier Clark Premier attended approximately 70 events and meetings with business and political leaders.
One of these announcements was an agreement signed by Wavefront, the Vancouver-based national wireless centre of excellence, with the Cellular Operators Association of India to ease and speed up the flow of wireless business between Canada.
“The Premier’s mission has increased the awareness of B.C.’s thriving wireless sector. Our announced agreement with COAI opens a great deal of opportunity for the accelerated growth of Canadian wireless companies,” commented James Maynard, Wavefront president and CEO. “India is the second-largest wireless market in the world. Our agreement will enable us to help Canadian companies effectively access and navigate this complex and growing market.”
Approximately 350 delegates, representing some 150 companies, organizations, and community groups, participated on the BC Jobs and Trade Mission, making it the largest international delegation in the province’s history.
“In Asia, developing relationships are keys to success – and this was re-iterated while I was in China and India,” added Premier Clark. “Business does not happen between strangers, and in Asia it’s vital to demonstrate that companies and government are working together. This is why our government is proud to work with organizations such as Wavefront – to build these long-term and stable relationships that will lead to jobs here at home in B.C.”