Premier embraces trade deal with South Korea

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Stephen Harper. (Postmedia)

Stephen Harper. (Postmedia)

A free trade deal signed between Canada and South Korea should end up paying dividends for British Columbia, according to the provincial government.

The deal has been in the works for some time and was signed in Seoul by Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“This deal will hopefully be the first in a series of trade agreements, creating new opportunities with our other priority markets in Asia,” said Premier Christy Clark in a news release.

As South Korea was signing trade deals over the last decade with other countries, the province has been pushing Ottawa to work out a deal.

South Korea is seen as a prime market for raw goods from the province and has had a representative of the province in the country for several years to foster trade and business opportunities.

“Local exporters will have improved, real market access opportunities, especially in the forestry, natural gas, seafood and agri-foods sectors,” said the government release.

Victoria said it will be reviewing the trade deal over the coming weeks to identify further opportunities it may present.




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