From: Global Affairs Canada
News releaseJuly 18, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
There has never been a better time to diversify Canada’s trade and investment opportunities. With trade deals such as the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canadian exporters gain preferential access to the EU’s more than 500 million consumers.
On July 17 and 18, 2019, the Honorable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, participated in the Canada-European Union Summit in Montréal, Quebec, where he championed the shared commitments to inclusive trade and promoted the tangible benefits of CETA for Canadians and businesses alike.
At the summit, Minister Carr announced the expansion of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service throughout Europe as part of the government’s trade diversification strategy and commitment to invest $44.1 million to increase the number of trade commissioners available to serve Canadian firms in key overseas markets. The announcement means 11 new trade commissioners are joining the network of more than 160 trade commissioners at embassies and consulates on the ground from Oslo, Norway, to Athens, Greece.
During the summit, Minister Carr met with Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, to discuss building on CETA’s early successes in growing Canadian businesses and creating good-paying jobs for hard-working Canadians. At a round-table lunch with women business leaders, Minister Carr engaged in discussions on opportunities available for businesswomen under CETA and the important contribution women make to sustainable economic growth through trade.
Quotes“It is our job to open more doors and make sure that Canadians have access to global markets. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is already resulting in new customers, clients and good middle-class jobs across Canada. With more trade commissioners on the ground throughout Europe, Canadians will have more opportunities to succeed on the world stage.”
- Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification