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NEW WEST PARTNERSHIP TO HOST WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM RECEPTION

Released on September 10, 2012

The Premiers of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan are hosts of a New West Partnership (NWP) reception tomorrow in Tianjin, China during the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

The World Economic Forum attracts approximately 1,500 of the world's top business executives and government leaders.

Forum attendees have been invited to join the Premiers at 7:30 pm at the St. Regis Hotel in Tianjin as they promote the New West Partnership and co-operate to advance Western Canada's trade and investment advantages and interests.

"We achieve so much more when we work together," Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said. "Whether it is eliminating barriers to trade and growth among our provinces, or unlocking our potential by promoting our region's tremendous trade and investment opportunities internationally."

"The New West Partnership proves that the best way to provide jobs for families and long-term prosperity is to work together to create an investment-friendly business market that harmonizes regulation and reduces red tape," British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said. "Our three provinces are economic leaders in Canada with the regional advantages to open up key markets across the Asia Pacific and around the world."

"Accessing new markets is a national imperative," Alberta Premier Alison Redford said. "The New West partners are leading this effort by collaborating to eliminate barriers to trade, and creating a more open, competitive business environment. We are stronger working together. That's when our country benefits-that's when Canada leads."

The themes which will be focused on by Premiers Wall, Clark and Redford will be energy, agri-food and education. Each of the three jurisdictions will provide food and beverages from their home provinces at the reception, and videos promoting each province will be featured.

On Thursday, Premiers Wall and Redford will join five of their Canadian counterparts on a Council of the Federation mission Premiers' Panel in Beijing. The Premiers will also pursue various business meetings and speaking opportunities on behalf of their respective provinces while in China.

Signed in April 2010, the New West Partnership has led to the implementation of a host of growth-friendly initiatives, including commitments to pursue international co-operation, innovation and joint government purchasing.

One of the first major undertakings of the New West Partnership was a joint mission to China and Japan in May of 2010. The three provinces opened a joint trade office in Shanghai, to pursue trade and commerce opportunities, promoting Canada's western region and drawing attention to the New West's global leadership in clean technology, natural resources, and agri-food and agriculture.

The New West Partners have a market of almost nine million people and a Gross Domestic Product of more than $550 billion.

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For more information, contact:

Jeff Welke
Intergovernmental Affairs (SK)
Regina
Phone: 306-787-6156
Email: jeff.welke@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-536-1185

Kim Misik
Office of the Premier (AB)
Phone: 780-422-4905
Email: Kim.misik@gov.ab.ca
Cell: 587-985-9856

Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation (BC)
Phone: 250 356-8177
Email: GCPE.JTI.Media.Requests@gov.bc.ca

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