British Columbia’s Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Bruce Ralston, and George Chow, BC Minister of State for Trade, will travel to Japan and South Korea from March 16-22, 2019, to strengthen trade and investment ties, and to expand economic opportunities for businesses in B.C. British Columbia is the first Canadian province to send a trade minister to Japan since the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) went into effect in December 2018. This mission will open up opportunities for B.C. exporters under the CPTPP and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Japan is B.C.’s third-largest trading partner at C$4.5 billion in goods exports in 2017, while South Korea is B.C.’s fourth-largest goods export market, with C$2.9 billion in exports in 2017.