Today [Friday] the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, led a conference of international stakeholders examining the Gateway’s future. As a sign of the importance of Canada’s trading relationship with Asia-Pacific countries, China’s Minister of Transport, Li Shenglin, also joined him.
“Canada is already a leader in transportation innovation policies related to the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative and this unique conference brings together those with national and international experience to help us stay that way,” said Minister Day. “The discussions and knowledge sharing discussed here will help guide us as we enter the next phase of this important initiative for Canada’s economy and the workers who depend on it.”
The Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) Conference focuses on issues directly relevant to Canada’s gateways approach, including value added activities, innovative technologies and engagement of Canada’s key trading partners, such as China. The conference will enhance the Government of Canada’s knowledge of current and future challenges and opportunities. It will also encourage long term thinking to support and guide wise policy and investment decisions.
“Our government recognizes that Canada’s economic prosperity is linked to an efficient and integrated transportation network,” said Minister Day. “This conference offers an opportunity to promote and deepen collaborative partnerships among stakeholders in Canada and abroad, opening up new opportunities to advance Canada’s gateways and corridors.”
The APGCI is an initiative aimed at making Canada’s Pacific Gateway the best transportation network for global supply chains between North America and Asia. To date, the Government of Canada has partnered with all four western provinces, as well as with municipalities and the private sector, to announce strategic infrastructure projects worth over $3.5 billion, including federal contributions of over $1.4 billion. The first APGCI International Conference was held in Vancouver in May 2007.
Date: November 22, 2010