Trade mission to support diversification of agriculture and forestry economy
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier is traveling to Japan, promoting Alberta’s agriculture and forestry products to the Japanese marketplace.
Minister Carlier is joining Alberta industry and business representatives from November 22 – 28 to develop commercial and trade opportunities in Japan.
“The Government of Alberta is committed to diversification of our economy and expanding markets for our products. This is an important opportunity to assist Alberta’s industries in building relationships to gain access to the global marketplace.”
Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
“Japan is a particularly important market for the forest sector because of the high-grade lumber, pulp, and paper products that we provide them. We anticipate exploring a number of arrangements with Japanese businesses while promoting Alberta’s record as an environmentally responsible supplier of resources during the mission.”
Paul Whittaker, President, Alberta Forest Products Association
Japan is a priority market for the export-oriented agricultural and forestry sectors. Last year, Alberta agri-food exports to Japan totaled $1.2 billion, with forestry product exports adding another $290 million.
This trip builds on a similar mission in May 2014, which resulted in $11.8 million in sales as well as new agreements and new business for Alberta’s economy.
The Minister will also participate in 35th anniversary celebrations marking the signing of Alberta’s sister province relationship with Hokkaido, Japan.
The estimated cost for travel, meals, accommodations, ground transportation, receptions and meeting costs for Minister Carlier and one political and one departmental staff is $36,225.
Minister Carlier’s Itinerary
|November 23||Arrive Japan
Briefing with Alberta Japan Office
– Canadian Embassy
– Alberta Forestry Roundtable
– Japanese Forestry company
– Japanese Government Officials
– Japanese paper company
– Food retail outlet senior representative
Agriculture Stakeholder Event
|November 26||Depart for Sapporo
Forestry Products Seminar Event
Meeting with Hokkaido Government Officials
Forestry Stakeholder Event
|November 27||Hokkaido Museum – gallery opening and 35th anniversary events|
|November 28||Depart Japan for Edmonton|
*Note: Itinerary subject to change.