CRD Coordinating Trade Junket to China
Williams Lake, B.C. – A delegation of politicians and business leaders from the Cariboo are on their way to China tomorrow.
The 10-day junket has been coordinated by the Cariboo Regional District, who in a news release, note the goal is to “promote friendship” and develop “business relationships between the regions of both countries as well as highlight local B.C. products.”
The delegation will visit the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanwei in the Guandong province; the city of Suzhou in the Anhui province; and the cities of Zhengzhou and Dengfeng in the Henan province.
While there, they will hold business meetings, participate in municipal facility and cultural tours, and take part in site visits to trade projects.
“The B.C. regions’ mission to China is an exciting opportunity to build relationships with a variety of cities in China,” states CRD chair Al Richmond. “I am looking forward to raising awareness about our Cariboo products, such as lumber, plywood, wood pellets, OSB and log homes, along with our tourism and educational opportunities.”
The CRD is also billing the trip as a way “to forge new partnerships with groups external to the region, including building connections with China.” Last year the CRD hosted a series of martial arts performances throughout the Cariboo.
The CRD nots the connections have “yielded new opportunities, such as the proposed flight school for Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake.”
The full delegation included CRD chair Al Richmond, District of Wells Mayor Robin Sharpe, City of Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb, District of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall, and a group of Lower Mainland mayors along with several municipal senior staff.
So, how much will the trip be costing Cariboo taxpayers?
“The trip will cost the Carboo Regional District around $2,000,” says CRD communications manager Emily Epp. “The other local governments and businesses in the delegation are contributing to the trip individually. The trip is also being funded through some of the other Chinese partners involved.”