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Guelph Chamber Brings Local Issues to National Stage

Guelph - Canada is doing more and more business with Asia. Asia makes up 15 percent of Canada’s international trade – up from 10 percent in 2003. It is with this in mind that the Guelph Chamber lent its voice and support on expanding opportunities in Asia at the just concluded Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Policy Convention, where accelerating international trade opportunities took centre stage.

“Expanding trade capacity for SMEs (Small-and-Medium Sized Enterprise) in Guelph has been an important priority for the Guelph Chamber of Commerce,” remarks Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber. “From our participation on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce International Affairs Committee to leading a delegation of local business, government and community leaders to the Think Asia Think Hong Kong national trade symposium, we continue to advocate for and connect businesses with global opportunities.”

While the United States will continue to be Canada’s largest trading partner, diversification to higher-growth markets – notably in Asia – is becoming increasingly important for Canada’s prosperity. Guelph’s strengths in industries like agri-food, manufacturing, energy, environmental technologies and infrastructure are closely aligned with the needs of this region. To maximise such opportunities, companies in Guelph need public policies that enable and help them compete globally.

“Increasing our trade relationship with Asia sends a clear sign that Canada is open for business. Agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and initiatives like those put in place by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will improve trade relations, boost exports and provide new tools for Canada to compete and, most importantly, win in a global marketplace” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the national Chamber that represents over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions.

The Guelph Chamber looks forward to helping connect global opportunities with local businesses by focusing on key actions that can be taken to fully leverage export opportunities.

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