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Natural Resources Canada
2011/117
November 9, 2011

Minister Oliver Promotes Canadian Energy in China


SHANGHAI — “My mission to China is clear. I have come to raise awareness of the strength of Canada's natural resource sectors — as both an outstanding source of quality products and an attractive destination for investment,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, while speaking today at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The Minister has been in Beijing and Shanghai this week meeting with senior government officials and leaders of Chinese companies.

Minister Oliver met with Vice Premier Li Keqiang and discussed the role of investment and trade in energy and mineral resources in contributing to Canada's long-term strategic partnership with China. He also signed an agreement with the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Bai Chunli, to expand cooperation on science and technology in earth sciences and natural resources.

 Over the last few days, Minister Oliver has held meetings with major Chinese energy companies including Sinopec, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Petrochina to discuss Canada's enormous energy resources and attractive investment climate.

“As reaffirmed today in the International Energy Agency’s 2011 World Outlook, global energy demand is expected to increase by one third from 2010 to 2035,” said Minister Oliver. “Given that Canada is also projected to be an ever-increasing contributor to global energy supply, our Chinese investors recognize the importance of getting into the Canadian energy market right now.”

The Minister discussed the Government of Canada’s key strategic policy of diversifying Canadian energy markets and participated in a joint Canada–B.C. event with Canadian and Chinese industry officials to promote exports to China.

Minister Oliver met with Vice Chair Zhang Xiaoqiang of the National Development and Reform Commission on strengthening Canada's long-term strategic partnership with China through two-way trade and investment in energy and natural resources.

While in Shanghai, the Minister also toured the Jinqiao Wood Townhouse Demonstration Project, where he underlined the many benefits of Canadian wood-frame construction expertise for China.

This demonstration project is one of several in China funded by the Government of Canada to showcase the low-carbon, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient properties of wood-frame construction, and to assist China in meeting its national goals of reducing carbon emissions in new housing projects.  

Minister Oliver continued to highlight the phenomenal growth in exports of wood products when he met with Vice Minister Qiu Baoxing, Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development, as well as with British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Pat Bell, BC Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, to discuss trilateral cooperation on wood-frame housing in China.

Minister Oliver will now continue on to Tokyo and Sendai, Japan.


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Natural Resources Joe Oliver today addressed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Minister Oliver spoke about the strength of Canada’s natural resource sectors as both an outstanding source of quality products and an attractive destination for investment.

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