Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps speaks with the vice mayor of Suzhou

Mayor’s business trip to China an ‘eye opener’

When Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps boarded a plane headed for China a few weeks ago, she admits, she didn’t know what to expect.

When Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps boarded a plane headed for China a few weeks ago, she admits, she didn’t know what to expect.

But over the eight-day mission, Helps, along with a 19-person delegation, including representatives from Tourism Victoria, Camosun College, the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, helped strengthen economic development, tourism and educational opportunities between Victoria and China.

“It was an eye opener for sure,” said Helps.

“One of the things that was the most pleasing is that business in China is relationship based. Every business meeting we had was also a meal, so you share food together and do business and I think that was a welcome surprise and I think we can learn something.”

Over the past few decades, China has experienced two or three-digit gross domestic product growth, which is currently starting to slow down.

Now, the government is focusing on sustainability, especially since the demographic is also starting to change with the removal of the one child rule and an aging population, which has resulted in more children and seniors.

Helps said there is a market in China for clean tech, green tech and software solution opportunities that Victoria-based companies could offer overseas.

“Anyone here with any goods, services or products aimed at kids or seniors, and particularly with seniors, any health care technology, there’s huge market opportunity for (Greater) Victoria-based companies in China,” she said.

“If people do want those opportunities, we can say ‘go to Shanghai and see this person’.” I hope this trip is the beginning of developing those relationships that will actually help the growth of business here in the capital region.”

The trip included stops in Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou.

In November, Helps, along with other members of the China delegation will speak at a workshop for people interested in learning more about the trip, specifically for export-focused companies.

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria enjoys sunny first day of spring

Summer-like temperatures of 21 degrees hit Wednesday for first day of spring

Esquimalt puts freeze on taxes for local businesses

The tax increase for residents sits at 5.51 per cent, averaging to an additional $46

Bitter Saturna land-use dispute highlights legal grey areas

Unhappy Tsawout accuse leadership of cultural destruction

Development replacing Fairfield United Church gets final approval

The new Unity Commons Development will take over the space at 1303 Fairfield Rd.

Saanich forwards student-targeted development to public hearing

Proposed development advertises itself to individuals who want a car-free lifestyle

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Most Read