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Canadian & Chinese Environment Industry Associations Sign Agreement of Cooperation

Ottawa, Canada -- December 4, 1996 -- Ronald V. Portelli, President of the Canadian Environment Industry Association (CEIA), announced today the successful conclusion of negotiations with the China Association of Environmental Protection Industries (CAEPI). Mr. John Wiebe, Director-at-large for CEIA, and Madame Jiang Xiaoyu, Deputy Secretary General of CAEPI, signed an Agreement of Cooperation on behalf of the two industry associations on November 26 in Shanghai, during the 1996 Annual General Meeting of the Canada-China Business Council. The signing was witnessed by the Honourable Art Eggleton, Minister for International Trade.

The China Subcommittee of CEIA Ontario Chapter, chaired by George Lu, played a key role in coordinating negotiations that led to the successful conclusion of the Agreement of Cooperation.

"China represents a strategic opportunity for our industry. It has a population 40 times larger than Canada's, and environmental issues are now gaining more prominence in parallel with China's economic growth," stated Ron Portelli. "China's National Environmental Protection Agency is implementing serious measures governing large- scale industrial projects. Current regulations minimizing effluent levels are being strictly enforced. And there are many opportunities for partnerships and joint ventures between Canadian and Chinese environmental companies. The Agreement provides a framework for our two industries to begin developing partnering mechanisms that will enhance both trade and environmental protection." Portelli added.

The Canadian Environment Industry Association is the national voice of the Canadian environment industry. Through a network of nine provincial environment industry associations, CEIA represents the interests of nearly 2,000 member companies. CEIA's services to its members include sharing information on market intelligence, creating opportunities for networking and representing the industry to legislators and policy- makers.

For more information contact Susan Young at CEIA.


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