Announcing the strategy she said, “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take advantage of the fastest growing economy in history. Asia is right at our doorstep – our ports are closer than anywhere else in North America. Our government is making sure we can get our goods to market as efficiently and quickly as possible and this strategy is a huge part of that plan”.
To meet projected growth through to 2020, the strategy includes plans to increase major road and rail capacity as well as container and bulk terminal capacity at BC ports, including the Port of Vancouver.
With a vision of making BC the preferred choice for Asia-Pacific trade, the Premier added that the new strategy supports the key elements to expand markets for BC, by building on its ports world-class transportation network to support the growth of exports that create new jobs and opportunities.
According to the government the province has great business opportunities through the expanding Asian demand for coal, forest products, potash, grain, minerals, container traffic, as well as growth in air travel related to agrifoods, tourism and international education.