The Canadian prime minister is spending a final day in Shanghai before heading to Hangzhou, where he will attend the G-20 summit on Sunday and Monday. But before meeting world leaders, Justin Trudeau continued his efforts to find potential companies looking to invest in the country.
Financial giant Fosun is on the prime minister’s list. The Chinese company surprises with its appetite on the international stage. In recent years, the company has acquired med clubs and several insurance companies and now holds a 20% stake in Cirque du Soleil.
“We know that Fosun has opportunities around the world,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau. We talked about our situation in Canada and the level of people [main-d’œuvre] which the company has access to if it invests with us. »
No specific area of activity has been targeted, assures Minister Morneau. This is just an initial meeting to explore business opportunities. “It is important,” he added, “to have foreign investors if we want to achieve a good level of economic activity in Canada.” »
Women in the spotlight
Another topic on Justin Trudeau’s agenda today: gender equality. The Prime Minister has made this issue a priority in Canada and wants to keep it that way abroad. He made it a point to meet women entrepreneurs in Shanghai on Friday morning. He reminded her of the importance of her work.
“I believe that the strength of a society depends on the full participation of all its citizens,” he said. And that includes all women. »
In his meeting earlier this week with Alibaba President Jack Ma, the prime minister also stressed the importance of women in the workplace and that China can only benefit by encouraging them to take on important roles.
Despite several advances in recent years, equality between men and women in China is still far from achieved. Almost all top positions in the country’s economy are occupied by men, as are all positions held by members of the Politburo, the Communist Party’s decision-making body.
Meeting the giant Yao Ming
For a moment in the afternoon, the Prime Minister acted as a basketball coach. His opponent was a big one: former Chinese NBA star Yao Ming.
Trudeau appeared very small as the two men shook hands. Yao Ming is 2.23 m tall while Trudeau is 1.88 m tall. The aim of the meeting was to promote the Canadian education system.
Shanghai Nanyang Model High School, where the basketball game took place, teaches the BC education program.
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