B.C.’s trade with Japan was given a major boost in 2018 with the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which is a trading block representing 495 million people with a combined gross domestic product of CAD $13.5 trillion — a full 13.5% of global GDP. The agreement is in force for Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Brunei, Chile and Malaysia have not yet ratified the CPTPP.
Through the CPTPP, Canada and B.C. now have preferential access to some of the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing markets, which will strengthen B.C. businesses, grow the economy, and create good jobs in all regions of B.C. Japan was B.C.’s 3rd largest export destination with goods exports totaling $4.7 billion in 2021. Japan is the world’s third largest economy, with a significant consumer market and is a key participant in global value chains.
If you are interested in the Japanese market or want to learn more about how the CPTPP can reduce your costs and make you more competitive, we highly encourage you to join this webinar.
- Honourable George Chow, B.C. Minister of State for Trade – Opening remarks
- A.W. Lee, Senior Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusive Growth Strategy for Women Entrepreneurs, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
- Lisa Mallin, First Secretary, Trade Policy – CPTPP, Embassy of Canada in Japan
- Eric Petersson, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada, Pacific Regional Office
- Ryo Tokunaga, Managing Director, Tokyo Office, Government of British Columbia
- Ben Kolisnyk, Senior Manager, Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch, B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation
- Morgan Brown, Account Manager, B.C., Export Development Canada
- B.C. businesses with experience in Japan and the CPTPP
Our Senior Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusive Growth Strategy for Women Entrepreneurs, Central Canada Office (Toronto), A.W. Lee will be speaking at this event.