News Release - January 17, 2001
SASKATCHEWAN AND CHILE SIGN DEAL
Saskatchewan has signed an expanded agricultural agreement with Chile, on the
third day of a business development mission to that country and Panama.
Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice MacKinnon and Chile's
Agriculture Minister Jaime Campos signed the agreement today in Chile's
capital, Santiago. MacKinnon said it will lead to new prospects for
Saskatchewan producers and companies.
"We see tremendous opportunities in Chile for new markets in pulse crops, durum
wheat and livestock," MacKinnon said. "Saskatchewan also has a huge window of
opportunity here, as a result of the recently signed Canada-Chile Free Trade
Agreement. That agreement gives our companies a competitive advantage over
companies in many other countries, including the United States."
Chile is already a significant market for Saskatchewan, the minister said.
Saskatchewan exports more goods and services to Chile than larger Canadian
provinces like Quebec. In addition to agriculture, there is great potential
for expanded exports in such areas as pre-fabricated housing and environmental
She noted sales of pre-fabricated houses to Chile have increased 34 per cent in
the last three years. The free trade agreement's provisions for environmental
co-operation also mean new opportunities for Saskatchewan environmental
companies to market their expertise to Chile's public and private sectors.
"Chile is also a gateway to other markets in Latin America," MacKinnon said.
"It is fiscally and economically stable, and a good and easy place in which to
do business. Therefore, it is a good point for many companies to begin access
to Latin American countries.
"As well, many Chilean companies have partners or branches in other parts of
Latin America. These contacts can help our companies access other markets in
Eight Saskatchewan companies and educational institutions are on the trade
mission, which heads to Panama on Saturday. The Saskatchewan Trade and Export
Partnership (STEP) is co-ordinating the mission.
For more information contact:
Bob Ellis Gerry Adamson
Economic and Co-operative Development STEP
Phone (306) 787-1691 Phone (306) 787-9210