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CNPC-Alberta Petroleum Center was opened on February 8, 1989 in Beijing and is jointly invested and operated by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Government of Alberta, Canada. Up to now, it has become a center for economic and technical exchanges and cooperation in the areas of petroleum and environment between China and Canada, and a window for seamless cooperation, friendly partnership and development of bilateral trade.

The goals of CNPC-Alberta Petroleum Center is to promote the transfer of advanced petroleum science and technology, to strengthen the development of advanced science and technology in the petroleum and environment sector, and to strengthen trade between Alberta and China. The five functions of CAPC include training (technical, management and language), technical exchange and cooperation, business facilitation, exhibition and information exchange.

As a strong governmental signal to further promote Sino-Canadian friendship and cooperation, Premier Zhu Rongji visited Alberta province. During Zhu’s visit, President Ma Fucai of CNPC signed a five- year agreement with Premier Ralph Klein of Alberta. Later, the Minister of Alberta Agricultural Department and the Minister of Alberta Economic Development visited China, after which they promised to enhance cooperation with its Chinese partners on technical exchange, personnel training and bilateral trade.