Nova Scotia is the first province to obtain membership benefits with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) in Shanghai to help drive export growth and opportunity for Nova Scotia’s exporters in a key market. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Sept. 7, that Nova Scotia has committed to a one-year initiative to extend membership benefits to Nova Scotia exporters who are ready to do business in Shanghai. “CanCham has become an important partner in helping make connections to senior-level business leaders on our behalf,” said Premier McNeil. “As the fastest growing market in the world, and as Nova Scotia’s second-largest trading partner, China is a strategic priority for government and businesses.” CanCham is the pre-eminent member driven organization supporting Canadian business and community interests in eastern China. With Nova Scotia’s membership, qualified, export-ready businesses working through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) will benefit from arranged meetings, logistics support, interpretation service and targeted industry connections. “We are pleased to partner with Nova Scotia as the first Canadian province to have access to our provincial membership benefits,” said Hélène Larochelle, executive director, CanCham Shanghai. “Entry into an unfamiliar market can be difficult to navigate. This agreement will open doors and connect companies to untapped resources.” Premier McNeil and Laurel Broten, president and CEO of NSBI, met with the organization’s Ms. Larochelle in Shanghai to discuss the initiative and the opportunity for Nova Scotia businesses. “The need to be globally connected has never been greater for businesses in Nova Scotia who can work, trade, and compete with anyone in the world, from right here at home,” said Ms. Broten. “The one-year membership is an example of new ways we can help our exporting companies grow and prove Nova Scotia’s products can compete on a global stage.” In 2016 Nova Scotia exported $491 million worth of goods to China. “China has developed into a key market for us,” said Ashley McConnell-Gordon, vice president of Benjamin Bridge, a Nova Scotia company focused on marketing to Asia. “It is encouraging to see an initiative that will connect us to new partners and potential business relationships.” Nova Scotia exporters interested in learning more about this opportunity, should go to novascotiabusiness.com/cancham-shanghai.