Agriculture Minister Heads to China to Pursue Trade Opportunities

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, is in China for a week-long mission to showcase Canada's agri-food and seafood, help grow exports for Canadian products and strengthen the trading relationship between the two countries. Minister MacAulay will take part in a number of events from May 14 to 18, including meetings with leading Chinese companies such as e-commerce giant Alibaba, HeMa, and GFresh to discuss in-market opportunities for Canadian food products. The Minister will also participate in roundtable discussions with representatives of Canadian and Chinese companies to discuss market opportunities in China and will attend SIAL China, where he will have the opportunity to interact with the Canadian exhibitors. The Minister will also meet with the Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Mr. Han Changfu, to discuss continued co-operation between the two countries and advocate for expanded market access for Canada's safe, high-quality products including pork, beef and canola. The two countries have agreed to increase collaboration on agriculture, including expanding market access, which is vital to achieving the Government of Canada's trade target of growing global agriculture and food exports to C$75 billion by 2025.

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