Brad Wall will meet with U.S. government officials Monday in Washington as the premier is in the U.S. capital to promote trade between the two nations.
Wall say he will be discussing trade-related topics, including energy, softwood lumber and pipelines. He’ll meet Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
He’ll also talk with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.
Premier Wall says he also wants to promote Saskatchewan as a place where businesses could relocate.
“We were on a trade mission to Singapore and I met with the head of AgriCorp,” says Wall. “They’re a big purveyor of Saskatchewan agriculture products. Their head office was in Vancouver. And I said you should be in Saskatchewan. This is where all your business is. Your office should be here. And they announced several months ago they’re going to move their headquarters to Moose Jaw.”
Wall says he intends to enhance trade relations and showcase what Saskatchewan has to offer.
“Tehre’s 90 jobs at Mosaic that are here – if we didn’t ask them tomove their head office here,” says the Premier. “We should always try to attract more jobs to the province that are here for the long-term.”
There has been no meeting with President Trump set up yet.
The U.S. is Saskatchewan’s largest customer, accounting for half of the province’s exports in 2016. Last year, trade shipments were valued at 12.9-billion dollars.