Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
HANGZHOU, CHINA – In an important step toward a stronger working relationship between B.C. and China’s Zhejiang province, both governments signed an agreement encouraging greater co-operation in wood-frame construction, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced on Tuesday.
“The agreement is part of our ongoing efforts to build stronger ties to China and enhance B.C.’s position as the Pacific Gateway,” Thompson said.
“At the same time, we have been working with the government of Zhejiang to introduce B.C.’s wood-frame construction technology to state-owned developers and real-estate companies in the province.”
Along with enhancing co-operation and communication between the two governments, the letter of intent on strategic co-operation aims to promote the use and application of wood-frame construction in Zhejiang, in accordance with China’s environmentally friendly, low-carbon building policies. The agreement also calls for a co-operative effort to develop construction and fire codes in Zhejiang favourable to wood-frame construction, and for an ongoing exchange of technological and other information.
The Province of Zhejiang has expressed interest in developing wood-frame construction expertise in its growing tourism sector and other applications. In China, memoranda of understanding are the first step toward increasing commercial activity.
Thomson made the announcement during the 2013 Forestry Asia Trade Mission. Trade missions are a critical part of British Columbia’s strategy to diversify its international trading partners and secure new investment, propelling economic activity and job creation throughout the province.
Zhejiang Province is a wealthy province located in the Yangtze Delta region. Its GDP is the fourth-highest in China at over US$550 billion. Its per-capita income is sixth in the country at over US$10,000.
By 2020, Zhejiang plans to have more than 40 million people residing in its cities.