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CME congratulates Clark on reelection, calls for enhanced cooperation to boost BC manufacturing and exporting

Published by Derek Lothian on May 15, 2013

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – Canada’s largest trade and industry association – congratulates Premier Christy Clark and the British Columbia Liberal Party on forming provincial government, and urges policymakers to work with industry to implement a comprehensive strategy aimed at helping businesses take advantage of more than $200 billion in major capital projects over the next decade.

BC manufacturers continue to face significant challenges attracting and retaining skilled labour, and are also calling on leaders for additional support to boost exports and establish the province as a preferred destination for both domestic and international investment.

“BC companies are already at the forefront of innovation – not only in Canada, but around the world,” explains Craig Williams, vice president, CME BC. “But to keep that competitive edge, we need to work alongside our partners in government to ensure we have the right business conditions to create new jobs, explore new markets, and nurture growth.”

According to CME, top priorities should include enhanced incentives to invest in research and development, improved access to skilled workers, and strengthened linkages to an efficient, global transportation network. Continued investment in transportation and energy-related infrastructure projects is strongly encouraged as well.

“Right now, there’s a window of opportunity – albeit a window that is rapidly narrowing – for BC-based manufacturers and exporters to capitalize on some very prevalent global opportunities, such as in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Williams. “We can only realize this opportunity however if we all work together – industry, government and other stakeholders – to facilitate trade and expand the provincial economy.”

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