Official visit of the Consular Corps to Victoria, BC
The Consular Corps based in Vancouver, Canada visited Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on May 1, 2023 and attended meetings and events with the relevant Canadian authorities. In this program, based on an official invitation of Office of the Chief of Protocol and relevant authorities of British Columbia, Mr. Ramin Manawi Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vancouver, along with the representatives of other countries, also attended. The program was comprised of several meetings and events and participants included Hon. David Eby, the Premier of British Columbia, Lieutenant Governor Janet Austen, Minister Bruce Ralston, Mrs. Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic development and innovation, Mr. Jagrup Brar, Minister of Trade, Mr. Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing, Mr. Murray Ranken, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Mrs. Lucy Lobmeier, Chief of Protocol, and some other Canadian officials.
The relevant Canadian authorities delivered remarks about joint programs with the Consular Corps, the importance of continued and coordinated provision of consular services, expansion of trade and commerce relations, information and skills sharing in various fields, sharing information in the field of technology and innovations, exchange of scientific and cultural delegations, cooperation in the field of higher education, increased cooperation in the field of people-to-people relations, and related issues. The cabinet ministers each provided information about economic development programs, unemployment and related challenges, expansion of investments, housing construction programs and related plans to address the housing crisis, and indigenous peoples and their challenges.
During the discussions, the consular representatives and the Consul General of Afghanistan also presented their views and proposals on the relevant topics. Also, as part of the trip, the Consular Corps participated in a hearing session at the Parliament/Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and learned the procedures related to the drafting of provincial laws