Last week in her BC Jobs Plan, Premier Christy Clark announced that she would set up a Major Investments Office, meant to offer assistance to potential overseas investors and a BC Jobs and Investment Board, which she said will be running within 60 days.
I urge the city, together with our MLAs, to act on this opportunity and persuade the provincial government to set up this office in Richmond.
Given Richmond is truly the B.C. gateway, there is no better place to set up an office to welcome and assist overseas investors.
Besides, our multiethnic population is well connected with every part of the world and potential investors will find themselves at home in the city.
Richmond also has a highly educated population who can provide the necessary professional services for business.
With its geographical advantage and rich human capital, Richmond has the great potential to become an international trade and business centre that will attract investment and jobs.
But can we expect our city council to provide the vision and leadership?