Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Moves to Expand Trade with Office in London, U.K

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Moves to Expand Trade with Office in London, U.K

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B.C. expands trade with office in U.K.

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LONDON - The British Columbia government has opened a trade and investment office in London to strengthen the province's economic ties with Europe and the United Kingdom.

The U.K. is Canada's second largest trading partner and is one of the strongest markets for investment, trade and tourism for the province, states the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

In fact, it accounted for 44 per cent of the European tourists who visited the province in 2011 and 30 per cent of those who visited Canada from the continent that same year.

"British Columbia, with our abundant natural resources, major planned liquefied natural gas development and companies at the leading edge of clean technology, is a natural trade and investment partner for European countries," said Pat Bell, the ministry of jobs, tourism and skills training, in a news release.

"Our international network promotes British Columbia as a stable and attractive destination for investment, tourists and international students, creating jobs here at home to support B. …

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