Alberta has strong trade and social ties with many countries in the Asia Pacific region.
The Asia region includes key markets such as China, Japan, Korea and India that, in combination, is Alberta’s second largest export market worth over $8.43 billion of Alberta’s $94.87 billion in exports in 2012. Asia is also becoming a leading source of foreign direct investment in Alberta.
The South Asia/ Oceania region represents one of Alberta’s most diverse export markets. Countries in this region are a source of a large portion of immigrants to Alberta and have strong economic and cultural relations with the province.
The Ministry has the mandate to promote Alberta for investment attraction, trade development, and government to government relations with the Greater China Region (mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, Korea and spanning Southeast Asia to India, and south to Australia and New Zealand.
Key activities are managed in coordination with the six Alberta international offices located in North Asia (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo).
Priority target markets for trade and investment include mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Singapore.
The Ministry represents and advises on Alberta’s interests with regard to foreign governments; manages Alberta’s twinning relationships with international jurisdictions, including China (Heilongjiang), South Korea (Gangwon), and Japan (Hokkaido); and coordinates inbound programs for visiting foreign officials.
Three of the province's oldest twinning relationships are with areas in this region, including Heilongjiang, China; Hokkaido, Japan; and Gangwon, South Korea.
For more information on Alberta's relationship with Asia PacificFor more information on Alberta-Northeast Asia initiatives contact:
Dana Mackie, Executive Director
For more information on Alberta-South Asia and Emerging Markets initiatives contact:
Greg Jardine, Executive Director
For more information on Alberta’s general export promotion and investment attraction see:
- Alberta China Office
- Alberta Shanghai Office
- Alberta Hong Kong Office
- Alberta Taiwan Office
- Alberta Japan Office
- Alberta Korea Office
Government of Canada
- Alberta/Japan Twinned Municipalities Association
- Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
- Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- Consulate General of China in Calgary
- Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
- Consulate General of Korea in Vancouver
- Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto
- Hong Kong Trade Development Council
- Japan External Trade Organization
- Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency
- Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver