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British Columbia needs to take advantage of key foreign markets.

That was one focus of Premier Gordon Campbell’s keynote speech at the 2010 Energy Conference in Fort St. John, Wednesday.

Campbell says the Province must ensure its priorities are met both within the Canadian market and overseas markets.

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The Premier also says it’s important that the Province and the energy sector seize any opportunities that present themselves, including moving into Asian markets.

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Campbell says when the Liberals were first elected as the provincial government eight years ago; one of party’s priorities was to ensure the Province had a competitive energy sector.

He adds that, since then, the energy industry has contributed nearly $40 billion to the province and has resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs.

In speaking about further developing various industries, he also addressed the approval process for different projects.

Campbell says the provincial government has been working towards having only one set of regulations in place to have a project approved, instead of going through several processes at different levels of government.

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The Premier has been in the Northeast over the past two days. On Tuesday, he visited the area around Fort Nelson and was in Fort St. John, Wednesday, where he met with Treaty 8 representatives and participated in the grand opening of the Enerplex.

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