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On June 24, 2015, the Province of B.C. and the Government of South Korea co-sponsored the BC-Korea Trade & Investment Forum. The Forum was an opportunity for Canadian and Korean government and business representatives to explore opportunities to strengthen trade and investment.

The event followed ratification of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement in January, and showed commitment on both sides to achieve new levels of co-operation. The Forum included several dialogue sessions, including one focused on forest products co-sponsored by FII and the B.C. Ministry of International Trade. Moderated by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the forest sector session explored the elimination of tariffs on lumber and value-added products, as well as the high demand in Korea for environmentally friendly wood products. Industry experts spoke to challenges surrounding the Agreement, including the five to 10-year time span required to eliminate tariffs on value-added products.