Delegation Wraps up trade mission to Washington

Nov 7, 2003

Washington -- The Team Canada Atlantic delegation declared success at last night's closing ceremony for the first mission to Washington, D.C., which wrapped up yesterday.

Many great partnerships and strategic alliances have been established in this new market for Team Canada Atlantic, said the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). It is important that the relationships that have developed from meeting hundreds of Washington companies continue to be fostered, this will clearly enhance the export capacity of Atlantic Canada. Trade is a crucial component of the Atlantic economy.

Atlantic businesses participating in the Washington mission held in total, more than 200 business meetings with industry contacts, including potential trading partners, agents, and distributors.

The mission focused on developing opportunities for enhanced export business for Atlantic businesses in the areas of information and communications technology, biotechnology, agri-foods, consumer products, and building and construction.

The Washington mission was the eighth Team Canada Atlantic venture to the United States. Since 1999, when the first mission to Boston was organized, Team Canada Atlantic missions have resulted in more than $20 million in short-term and $80 million in long-term sales for participating Atlantic firms.

When I see the high quality products from Nova Scotia and the high level of professionalism with which those products were being presented here in Washington, it makes me very proud, said Premier John Hamm. The success of this trade mission will mean continued economic growth for our province.

Team Canada Atlantic partners include: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade/Canadian Consulates; Agriculture and Agri-food Canada; Industry Canada and the four Atlantic provinces.

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