CERBA and HKTBC are inviting all Canadian companies aspiring to increase their international business footprints in prospective markets to a workshop on Tuesday, the 23rd of May dedicated to exploring the emerging opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
BRI is a mega economic development blueprint designed to reinvigorate the flow of capital, goods and services in 65 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. This Belt and Road region currently accounts for 30% of global GDP and over 35% of the world’s merchandise trade. By 2050, the region aims to contribute 80% of global GDP growth, and advance 3 billion more people into the middle class.
This workshop will provide information on the BRI and proposed action plans for interested Canadian companies to position themselves to tap the opportunities strategically. These opportunities will initially cover such sectors as infrastructure, transportation, logistics, energy, financing and investment. It will also lead to opportunities in many other sectors including e-commerce, technology, health care, agriculture, and lifestyle products and services.
3.00 – 3.30 pm | Registration
- Katherine Balabanova, Regional Director, Toronto Chapter and National Coordinator, CERBA, to open and kick off
3.30 – 3.45 Welcome Remarks:
- Robert Kay, CERBA Board Director, Migao Corporation
- Arthur Chan, President, Hong Kong-Canada Business Association GTA Section and also Partner, PwC
3.45 – 4.30 Presentations:
- Presentation by Kathy Chan, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
- Presentation by Kirill Mikhaylov, Consul General of Russia in Toronto
- Presentation by Murat Seitov, Consul, Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Toronto
- Presentation by Thomas Timmins B.A., JD, Partner, Gowling WLG
- Presentation by Andrew Yui, Director, Canada, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
4.30 – 5.00 Q&A Session moderated by Stephen Bald, Board Director, HKCBA and Vice President, BDC.
5.00 – 6.00 Wine and Cheese Networking
The Belt and Road Initiative is dedicated to boosting ties between countries along the trade routes rather than formulating an exclusive group. The President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Jin Liqun, said that AIIB values cooperation with US companies and welcome firms – especially those in the fields of technology – to take part in the bidding process for AIIB infrastructure projects. He added that the institution handed out loads worth US$1.7 billion in 2016, a quarter of which were funded by the AIIB alone, with the rest jointly funded by the AIIB and other international organisations.
China also welcomes France’s participation in building the Belt and Road Initiative. The new French administration will deepen cooperation with China on diplomacy, the economy, trade and industries, and collaboration within the framework of building the Belt and Road.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available - please download the available sponsorship packages here.
For more information please contact CERBA Toronto Chapter: