March 3, 2014 – Halifax, NS – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), as part of its National Conversation on Asia, and the Port of Halifax will host a business luncheon with Premier Stephen McNeil on Asia’s Ascent: Implications for Nova Scotia on March 6, 2014 in Halifax. The event will also feature a speech by former Canadian Ambassador to China and Halifax native David Mulroney.
“Nova Scotia deeply values its strong trade relationships across Asia,” said Premier McNeil. “Increased and diversified trade with Asia will help Nova Scotia businesses drive our economy forward, which is why we are working closely with our companies and institutions to make sure they’re prepared to capitalize on these international opportunities.”
“Trade with Asia accounts for almost 50% of containerized cargo moving through the Port of Halifax, and there is still plenty of room for growth,” said Karen Oldifeld, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “We will continue to work with our stakeholders to develop new trade opportunities in Asia for Nova Scotia businesses.”
The event, presented in cooperation with Nova Scotia Business Inc. and Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, will be Premier McNeil’s first speech on Nova Scotia’s priorities with Asia. Mr. Mulroney will address the need for Nova Scotians and Canadians to more effectively engage with partners in Asia by developing the skills and knowledge necessary for effective communication and collaboration.
Mr. Mulroney’s speech will focus on the findings of the APF Canada/Munk School of Global Affairs Task Force on Asia Competence, whose final report, Canada’s Asia Challenge: Creating Competence for the Next Generation of Canadians, was released in November 2013. Mr. Mulroney was Co-Chair of the Task Force. The report, which was based on findings from high-level consultations with experts in government, education and the private sector, provided recommendations for how Canada can improve the Asia knowledge and skills of its citizens in order for them to succeed in the opportunities arising out of the Asia Pacific region.
The luncheon is part of APF Canada’s cross-country preparation for an October 2014 conference in Calgary on Canada’s Asia Challenge: Building Skills and Knowledge for the Next Generation.
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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings people and knowledge together to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada’s transpacific relations. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca.
About the Port of Halifax
The Port of Halifax is one of very few North American east coast ports that can handle fully laden post-Panamax container vessels and is one day closer to southeast Asia (via the Suez Canal) than any other North American east coast container port. With seamless intermodal connections to and from the heartland of North America, the Port of Halifax is Canada’s Atlantic Coast Gateway to the world, capable of handling a diversity of cargoes ranging from breakbulk to containerized to bulk and roll-on/roll-off.
For more information or to arrange media interviews with David Mulroney, please contact:
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada