The Province of British Columbia has opened a new trade and investment representative office in Singapore to create opportunities for B.C. businesses to increase trade, expand investment and develop new partnerships in Southeast Asia. In a government release, British Columbia said not only is Singapore a regional hub for ASEAN businesses, it is an international hub for global trade shows and conferences. Each year, dozens of B.C. companies participate in events such as the Singapore Air Show, ConnecTechAsia, Food Hotel Asia and International Water Week. B.C.'s new office in Singapore will highlight B.C.'s advantages and advance B.C.-ASEAN trade and investment ties during its participation at the upcoming Canada-ASEAN Business Forum, March 21–22, 2018, in Singapore, which attracts more than 300 business leaders from Canada and Southeast Asia.