News Release - January 15, 2001
TRADE MISSION HEADS TO CHILE AND PANAMA
Saskatchewan businesses are heading on a trade mission to Panama and Chile to
develop new markets and strengthen existing ones.
Eight companies and educational institutions are bound for the two countries to
work on trade deals. They will also be exploring several opportunities to put
Saskatchewan technology and knowledge to work on various international
Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice MacKinnon is leading the
January 15th-24th business development mission. It is co-ordinated by the
Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), the industry/government
partnership that oversees trade development for the province.
"Saskatchewan has established solid ties of business and friendship with Panama
and this mission will allow us to build on those relationships," MacKinnon
said. "The opportunities emerging in Chile for Saskatchewan companies are
becoming significant and this mission will set the stage for future development
of this important market."
MacKinnon and the delegation will pursue opportunities in Panama in sectors
like mining, project management, environment, agriculture, education and
training, as well as developmental projects in indigenous communities. In
Chile, the delegation will build on previous exchanges and initial development
work to explore opportunities in pre-fabricated housing, environmental and
agricultural projects. MacKinnon also expects to sign a broad agricultural
agreement with Chile.
Accompanying the minister are representatives of Saskatoon-based Canglobal
Management , Nu-Fab Building Products Ltd., and Envista Technologies, Canada
Livestock Services of Lloydminster, Clifton Associates Ltd. of Regina,
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Saskatchewan Indian
Institute of Technology, and the University of Regina.
STEP is also representing a number of other Saskatchewan companies on the trip.
"Trade missions such as this one are an important part of our efforts to
generate new business opportunities in the global marketplace," Canglobal
Management President Laurel O'Connor said. "The presence of a minister will
give us greater access to decision-makers in Panama and Chile, and will
heighten our ability to form lasting business relationships."
For more information, contact:
Bob Ellis Inge Ryan / Gerry Adamson
Economic and Co-operative Development STEP
Phone: (306) 787-1691 Phone: (306) 787-9210