Premier Wall to focus on immigration during Asia trip
Premier Brad Wall is leaving for a 10-day trip to Asia Sunday, making stops in the Philippines, Japan and Singapore while he's there.
“Asia will continue to grow in importance for Saskatchewan in the coming years, and as we highlighted in our Growth Plan, our sustained prosperity depends on making sure we are known there and are developing good relationships in these countries,” Wall said in a press release before he left.
One of his goals on the trip is to find ways to speed up the process for people to move to Saskatchewan from the Philippines.
Wall notes that nearly 10,000 people from the country have come to Saskatchewan in the past few years, which would make it easier for more to immigrate.
"Where newcomers do come and choose Saskatchewan that there are associations and there are communities and some of the settlement issues are a little bit easier perhaps and then retention's a bit easier as well," said Wall before he left.
Members of Saskatchewan's Filipino community said they're excited about the ties being created between their country and the province.
"We're very happy to call Saskatchewan our home," Emilio Completo with the Filipino Association of Swift Current and Area President said. "Even though we miss our country, being able to work in Saskatchewan still gives us a chance to help our families back home."
While in the Philippines Wall will meet with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to sign a renewed agreement on labour migration.
Wall will also vista Tokyo and Hiroshima and his trip will conclude in Singapore where he will make keynote remarks at the Canada-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Business Forum.
The premier returns to Saskatchewan on Oct. 10.