Minister Ashfield Boosts Market Access and Advances International Cooperation in China

November 1, 2011
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Qingdao, China – Yesterday, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, began a trade and cooperation mission in Qingdao and Beijing, China.

“China is the top consumer and producer of fish and seafood products in the world. Its importance as an export market for Canada is growing rapidly,” said Minister Ashfield. “While meeting with Chinese companies and officials, I am highlighting Canada’s ability to produce a variety of high-quality, safe and nutritious fish, seal, and seafood products and build on existing trade relationships.”

Minister Ashfield is hosting industry roundtable meetings between potential importers and exporters of Canadian products while attending the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao, China. The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo is the largest of its kind in Asia.

He will also meet the more than 50 Canadian exhibitors present at the Expo and host a networking reception to help the industry build stronger ties in China and the broader Asian market.