One key takeaway from China’s ambitious plan is the level of integration and coordination between China’s industries and all levels of government (from agriculture, manufacturing, service industry, energy resources and other industries) to facilitate its development and economic growth objectives. This symposium offers only a brief look at some of the key takeaways from the massive document for Western Canada. What do businesses in agriculture, energy, service industries and others, and the export and other support agencies that work with them, need to do next?
The end of the symposium is only the beginning of the conversation as the Five-Year Plan moves towards implementation and we synthesize findings and prepare future events on how Western Canada can hedge its risks.
Carlo Dade, Director, Trade and Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
Noah Fraser, Managing Director, China, Canada China Business Council & Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa