APF Canada Launches New Project on Atlantic Canada’s Engagement with Asia

Vancouver, BC – September 19, 2014 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada today announced the launch of a new research project aimed at exploring the opportunities and challenges for Atlantic Canadian business and trade with Asia. The project is already underway and will conclude in September 2015.

“We are very excited to be launching a project that focuses on Atlantic Canada,” said APF Canada Vice-President, Research Eva Busza, “there are vast opportunities for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador in Asia, as well as unique challenges that increased engagement presents, and our project will aim to help the region chart a strategy for Asia that suits its unique strengths and needs.”

Many businesses headquartered in Atlantic Canada have seen success in Asia, and there is still much room for growth, both for investment in Atlantic Canada from Asia and for Atlantic Canadian businesses to expand their operations in Asia. Recent visits from the Chinese and South Korea Ambassadors indicate that there is interest from Asian leaders in exploring business opportunities with the Atlantic Provinces.

The new APF Canada project, entitled The Asia Factor in Atlantic Canada is funded in part by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and it will be the first comprehensive study of the current impact and future opportunities that Asia presents to the Atlantic Canadian economy.

The project will consist of the following initiatives:

  • A comprehensive survey of Atlantic Canadian businesses already engaged in Asia;
  • Several in-depth business cases on select business success stories that will highlight best practices;
  • A series of roundtables that will convene business leaders, policy-makers and academics;
  • Four working papers on opportunities in Asia for specific Atlantic Canadian business sectors; and
  • An innovative interactive website that illustrates the many economic indicators of Atlantic Canada-Asia relations specific to each province, and will serve as a valuable source of public information.

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About The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has been a leader in research and analysis on Canada’s relations with Asia for thirty years. Our mission is to develop ideas for action by Canadian businesses, governments, and individuals to help them seize the vast opportunities unfolding in Asia. We do this by offering clear, specific, and actionable policy advice and leadership based on sound research and analysis. APF Canada’s current thematic priorities include trade and investment, energy and the environment, and international education. Engaged in research and convening, APF Canada has developed strong ties with policy-makers, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca 

For more information please contact:

Jillian Oliver 
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Office: 604-630-1536

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