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City of Lethbridge Mission to Asia - Background

Partners for the Mission to Asia include:

City of LethbridgeLethbridge County
University of LethbridgeLethbridge College
Lethbridge School District No. 51Holy Spirit Catholic School Division No. 4
Economic Development LethbridgeSouthGrow Regional Initiative
​​Transmark Ltd. ​​Great Excavations Inc.
Golden Ant Inc.AgSpectra Ltd.
Starfield Magrath Ltd.Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens

Mission to Asia Objectives

Economic Diversification & Job Creation

Meetings are scheduled with more than 30 Chinese investors in 4 cities to showcase Lethbridge and southern Alberta as a great place to invest. Products produced in Lethbridge will be highlighted to importers and distributors.

Strengthening Educational Ties

Delegates from the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division and Lethbridge School District will be building relations with school authorities in China and Japan in order to foster opportunities for students for educational exchanges.

Fostering Diplomatic Ties

This visit will help foster diplomatic relations with the Chinese and Japanese Consuls and with our sister cities in China and Japan. Delegations from China and Japan visit Lethbridge regularly, and this reciprocal visit will help demonstrate our interest and desire to further develop our diplomatic ties.

A Very Special Invitation

The visit to Japan will present the opportunity to formally invite, in person, a member of the Japanese Imperial family to attend the 50th anniversary of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden later this year. Imperial family members attended the official opening of the garden 50 years ago and and the 25th anniversary celebrations.