BC Premier Christy Clark's trade mission to Asia included a visit to the Philippines where a trade office was opened in Manila.

Premier Clark opens trade office in Manila

Hopes to capitalize on one of world’s fastest growing economies

BC Premier Christy Clark opened a new trade and investment office in the Philippines as part of her trade mission to the region.

Situated in Manila, the B.C. Trade and Investment Representative Office is the first office in Southeast Asia, and Clark said it will help “position B.C. to capitalize on the many opportunities in the Philippines, which has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”

This brings to 12 the number of such offices in the world, including four in China, three in India, and one each in Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States.

“The office opening marks a new chapter in B.C.’s relationship with the Philippines, supporting increased flow of goods, services, ideas and people between our two jurisdictions,” said Clark, who also visited South Korea and Japan during her trade mission.

More than 135,000 B.C. residents identify themselves as Filipino.

The Philippines is among the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a GDP growth of 6.3 per cent expected this year.

Last year, BC exported $190 million worth of goods to the Philippines.

Just Posted

BC Hydro replacing hundreds of old power poles in Surrey

More than 10 per cent of BC Hydro poles are at least 50 years old

WATCH: $76 million pledged for coastal flooding mitigation in Surrey and Delta

Portion of funding will be used to replace the Nicomekl and Serpentine sea dams

Last-second kick gives Mariners a Fraser Valley rugby win

Earl Marriott senior boys side defeats Abbotsford’s Yale Lions 24-22 in championship tilt

Surrey RCMP investigating Whalley crime scene

Police have yet to comment on the incident

Survey finds SkyTrain extension has 85 per cent support in Surrey, Langley

TransLink says there has been record-level response in public engagement about the project

BREAKING: Court says B.C. can’t restrict oil shipments in key case for Trans Mountain

A five-judge Appeal Court panel agreed unanimously that B.C.’s proposed legislation was not constitutional

RCMP probe hit-and-run of Richmond senior

The man, who is in his mid-70s, was walking with his wife when he was allegedly struck

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Coquitlam crash kills one person, injured two others

Investigators with the RCMP criminal crash unit are working to determing the cause of the incident

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

Vancouver man in serious condition after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

The man, 40, remains in hospital after a Thursday collision. Police believe speed was a factor

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Most Read