The department admitted that China would be “essential” to the continued growth of the Canadian economy, farmers, processors and exports as Canada focuses on reaching its target of increasing global agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025.
Canadian agricultural minister Lawrence MacAulay is currently in China to promote Canada's agricultural sector to key industry and government officials, and to strengthen its trading relationship with the Asian country.
According to the Canadian government, MacAulay has met with Canadian and Chinese industry groups, including representatives from Hema, Alibaba’s offline retail store that distributes Canadian products, to discuss further opportunities for the Canadian agricultural sector.
“As the world’s second largest economy, China is a market with significant opportunities for growth,” said MacAulay.
“Along with the Canadian industry, I will continue to meet with my counterparts and business partners in China to explore ways to make our partnerships even stronger. The economic benefits of an even stronger relationship between our two countries will help all Canadians, including our farmers, processors, fishermen and exporters.”
China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner in agriculture and food.
Canada’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food recently strengthened its trade relations with the European Union (EU) after visiting officials in Spain, Belgium and Italy to discuss the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.