Transport and education officials from four Canadian provinces are holding a series of business meetings, tours, presentations and discussions with their Vietnamese counterparts during a trade mission in Vung Tau, HCM City, Hai Phong and Hanoi.

The five-day mission, which will end on Dec. 3, aims to build bilateral trade and education links.

“The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces view Atlantic Canada’s strategic position as a key corridor for international commerce,” Peter MacKay, Canada ’s Minister of National Defence, said.

The trade mission is being organised by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Atlantic Canada comprises four provinces, New Brunswick , Newfoundland and Labrador , Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island .

“This mission will help facilitate business and educational linkages and opportunities between our region and this burgeoning economy,” said Nova Scotia ’s Premier Darrell Dexter.

The province of Nova Scotia has established major relationships in Vietnam and the mission will help build on them and others.
Transport sector participants include representatives from the ports of Halifax in Nova Scotia and Dalhousie in New Brunswick along with the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the Atlantic Gateway Advisory Council.

EduNova and three universities are also part of the delegation. Last year, bilateral trade between Vietnam and Canada hit a record high of 1.3 billion CAD (around 1.3 billion USD), an increase of 21.3 percent compared to the volume posted in 2007./.