Nova Scotia Commerce Mission To China Will Pitch Direct Air Hyperlink:premier

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is about to make his fifth journey to China to advertise commerce, saying his newest foray can be a possibility to advance efforts for a direct air hyperlink with the financial powerhouse.

McNeil, who will head a delegation that leaves for Asia on Friday, stated a profitable effort would have commerce ramifications for all of Atlantic Canada.

“We’re the worldwide airport for this coast,” stated McNeil. “I raised this situation with my sister provinces … all of whom are very supportive of continuous to attempt to construct that (air) connection.”

He stated he want to see a hyperlink by way of Guangdong province, the place Nova Scotia already has vital commerce ties.

The premier stated he’ll meet with Chinese language airways throughout the journey and also will have discussions with Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, who’s supportive of the concept.

Throughout a cease in Halifax in November, China’s ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, mentioned the air hyperlink with McNeil and stated he would additionally work to “promote and make it occur.”

The Nova Scotia delegation may also make stops in Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea, for presidency and enterprise conferences earlier than the mission wraps up Feb. four.

McNeil can be joined by representatives of Nova Scotia Enterprise Inc., the Halifax Worldwide Airport Authority, the Division of Power, and the Division of Intergovernmental Affairs.

China is Nova Scotia’s second largest buying and selling accomplice after the U.S.

Officers say the commerce relationship continues to develop, from $150 million in exports in 2012 to $494 million in 2016. Sectors ripe for continued development embody seafood (lobster, shrimp and crab), agrifoods — primarily blueberries and blueberry merchandise — ocean expertise, marine science, training and transportation.

“One of many issues that’s been very encouraging for us within the final 4 years has been the expansion within the exports into that market,” McNeil stated. “The opposite vital half is once we are getting into there, they’re now recognizing Nova Scotia.”

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