19 May 2013

Alberta to Open New Offices in Singapore, India, Brazil, Illinois, California and Southern China

17 May 2013 – The Premier of Alberta announced that the government plans to establish new international offices in Illinois (Chicago), Singapore, India, Brazil and California. Alberta also plans to build its presence in the Asian market by doubling its resources in its trade and investment office in Beijing, co-locating its Shanghai office with the federal government and establishing a new office in Southern China. The province’s new International Strategy takes a Team Alberta approach to bolster access in priority markets, attract investment and give Albertans support to succeed globally.

We’re committed to building Alberta by opening up new markets to ensure we get the fairest price possible for our resources and products. This is about creating opportunities for our businesses and entrepreneurs so we can keep growing our economy,” said Alberta Premier Alison Redford. 

Leveraging the entrepreneurial strength of industry, producers, businesses, municipalities, post-secondary institutions, and tourism and cultural organizations, the strategy and accompanying International Offices Report sets priorities to seize international opportunities through cooperation, diversification and added support in key regional markets throughout the world. 

Enhancing market access, attracting investment and strengthening Alberta’s global reputation are economic necessities for our province,” said International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas. “Investing in opportunities that will pay dividends for the future of Alberta is the right and responsible action to take.” 

The International Strategy complements Alberta’s efforts to develop a Canadian Energy Strategy, benefitting all of Canada by knitting together regional energy strengths into a united front. Other endeavors to promote trade and investment include the establishment of a new Alberta Ottawa Office as well as increased advocacy efforts by the government in both the United States and across Europe. 

In 2012, Alberta exported $95 billion worth of goods to 187 countries. This accounts for more than one-third of Alberta’s GDP. Last year, more than 640 Alberta companies worked through the international office network to participate in trade and investment missions abroad. 

Source: Government of Alberta