Prince Edward Island trade delegation travelling to Asia

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Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz

A delegation from Prince Edward Island is participating in a trade mission to Asia with stops in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The delegation includes business people, as well as representatives from the University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College and Study Abroad Canada Language Institute.

The trip is part of an effort to build business relationships and educational partnerships, said Premier Robert Ghiz.

“The goals of the mission are to advance trade and investment opportunities in key markets in Asia, show business leaders the opportunities that exist in Prince Edward Island, strengthen partnerships to enhance tourism and foster co-operation in post-secondary education,” said Ghiz. “This mission is part of our province’s ongoing efforts to stimulate economic growth, trade and international investment.”


Highlights of the mission include a visit to Canadian International School Tokyo that uses the Prince Edward Island curriculum, meeting with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in both Japan and Taiwan, an event with a Taiwanese grocery store chain launching a Canadian food promotion that features P.E.I. products as well as meeting with key tourism partners in Japan.

There will also be a meeting with NHK, a Japanese broadcaster who will be airing a docu-drama regarding the translation of Anne of Green Gables.

“Trade missions have a direct impact on our province’s economic growth, which is why we continue to reach beyond our borders to explore partnership opportunities in agri-food and seafood, research, education, and tourism,” said Ghiz.

Organizations: Holland College, University of Prince Edward Island, Study Abroad Canada Language Institute Canadian International School Tokyo Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Japan, Prince Edward Island, Taiwan Asia Hong Kong Green Gables

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Recent comments

  • Resident
    February 06, 2014 - 07:37

    We should keep in mind that PNP program is still on the go, it this could have been another promotional tour to bring business investors to the Island.

  • Hope
    February 05, 2014 - 21:36

    They may like him enough that they'll want to keep him there !

  • Winkinnblinkin
    February 05, 2014 - 20:48

    Just another example of waste by the Ghiz government. There wouldn't be one in the delegation, Ghiz included, who could sell rafts at a shipwreck so I highly doubt any Asian person or government official would take any of them serious. Just another paid trip for a useless bunch of blokes who have the province broke while taxing the middle class more each day to pay for all the wasteful spending.

    • therod
      February 06, 2014 - 09:10

      Do you personally know everyone travelling with Ghiz? I know a number of very successful and motivated business people who will help to open up the island to more markets because of this trip.

    • slippy
      February 06, 2014 - 17:54

      therod, of course there are many good people on PEI, but far too much government money goes into these projects, these motivated business people should be able to take care of this themselves, especially if they are as good as you suggest.

      February 07, 2014 - 17:32

      therod! Name one!

  • PISA
    February 05, 2014 - 20:23

    That poor Tokyo school. Japan is right near the top in education yet this international school is using the curriculum from the worst province in education.

  • peter
    February 05, 2014 - 18:10

    More silly waste, the old saying, if you can't deal with things at home, trot off and take a vacation, ---- makes it even better when the taxpayers are footing the bill. I am sick of hearing that UPEI and Holland College are along for the ride, - by now, they must be guides for the Premier, so he does not get lost, but can find his way home, - as somebody said, -what a crock.

  • No-Regrets
    February 05, 2014 - 16:40

    The handout delegation is more accurate, PEI Government handed out 9 Mil. to a call center in India in a previous trip to which nothing was heard of after, as it never happened. Education is a Anne of Green Gables book in the Taiwanese language next. A must have for every home in Asia since the PEI Government has nothing better to offer for the last 100 years. To look for something new is too much work for this government. Ghiz needs another exotic vacation is more like it.

  • Upwester
    February 05, 2014 - 16:09

    What a crock! Our exports to Taiwan, one of the larger trading countries in the world and we only do $4 Million dollars worth of business after 5 or 6 years? A car wash in town does that much business. The amount of business that these trade missions generate is a joke. Tell us what it is, a pi**up for some good Liberal buddies. Shameful! Maybe the PEI bag company can try again to sell them bags, the Japanese,Taiwanese and the Chinese haven't learned to make bags yet. Have you ever seen a bag that wasn't made in the Orient? Have you ever seen a bag made by PEI?