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China’s Five-Year Plan | Trade in Agriculture
According to the latest Five-Year Plan, agricultural stability, food security and “agricultural modernization and self-sufficiency” continue to be a clear focus for China. Meanwhile, Canada continues to rely on China as an agricultural export destination, with agricultural exports accounting for 37% of total export to China in 2020 at an annual average grow rate of 16% over the last two decades. What elements in China’s latest Five-Year Plan may affect Western Canada’s trade in agriculture? What does the plan’s emphasis on increasing self-sufficiency and advanced agricultural technology capabilities mean for Canada’s agricultural commodities and technology industries? What are the implications of China’s new food security priorities for Western Canada?

Moderator:
Sharon Zhengyang Sun, Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation and Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation
Speakers:
Motria Savaryn-Roy, Senior Economist, Export Development Canada, Ottawa
Betti-Jo Ruston, Counsellor, Manager of the Agriculture, Agrifood and Fisheries Section, Trade Program, Embassy of Canada in Beijing

A Q&A session held with Western Canadian Stakeholders:
David Dzisiak, Chief Operating Officer, Botaneco Inc.
Geoff Backman, Manager, Business Development and Markets, Alberta Wheat & Barley Commissions
Cherilyn Nagel, Farmer, Speaker, Policy Advocate

May 11, 2021 07:30 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Sharon Zhengyang Sun
Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation and Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation
Motria Savaryn-Roy
Senior Economist, Export Development Canada, Ottawa
Betti-Jo Ruston
Counsellor, Manager of the Agriculture, Agrifood and Fisheries Section, Trade Program, Embassy of Canada in Beijing