British Columbia eyes stronger ties with PH

Posted at 05/17/12 4:38 PM

CANADA – British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will be in Manila on Saturday (May 19), the first time a sitting head of the Canadian province will visit the Philippines.

Clark is looking at the Philippines as one of Asia's emerging economies that BC wants to do business with.

In a reception prior to her trade mission to Japan, Korea and the Philippines, Clark openly expressed admiration for the country's growth despite tough economic times across the globe.

“We are blessed with the opportunity to be able to look across the Pacific Ocean and see the growth, and the chances, and the opportunities for BC businesses over there,” said Clark.

A welcome remark for a country that has lost much-needed foreign investments due to bureaucracy and corruption.

BC’s leading businessmen are also beginning to take notice of the Philippines.

Aquilini Renewable Energy, part of the Aquilini Investment Group which is one of the biggest in Vancouver, has big plans for the Philippines.

“The Philippines is one of the countries which shows enormous growth as well as opportunities and also for our company,” said Aquilini president John Negrin.

Philippine Labor Attache Bernie Julve said a job fair is also set to take place in Manila during the premier's short visit and a panel discussion among the two countries’ labor officials on foreign credentials recognition for nurses.

“Hopefully, that will lead to other more positive steps,” said Julve.

While the BC trade mission will only be in the Philippines for a day, both countries are optimistic that businesses and jobs that it will create will continue for both Filipinos and Canadians. - Balitang Canada