Minister Wraps Up Successful Trade Visit to Japan and Indonesia
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today wrapped up a trade visit to Japan and Indonesia during which he made four trade-related announcements, and assisted Canadian businesses seeking out new economic opportunities in the region.
“Our government’s top priority is completing the economic recovery and protecting and creating jobs,” said Minister Fast. “With one in five Canadian jobs dependent on trade, increasing our trade and investment ties with Asia is key to protecting and strengthening the financial security of Canadians and ensuring Canada’s economic growth.”
During his visit, Minister Fast announced:
• Canada’s signing of the historic Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which will combat trade in counterfeit and pirated goods while helping ensure innovation- and knowledge-based prosperity;
• an expanded air transport agreement between Canada and Japan, which will help deepen Canada’s important trade and investment relationship with Japan and benefit air travellers, workers and businesses;
• an agreement to enhance cooperation between Canada and Japan’s science and technology sectors; and
• a trade and investment framework with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to increase Canada’s trade and investment ties in the region.
“These announcements will help open new markets for Canadian businesses in Asia, as well as protect intellectual property rights and foster innovation- and knowledge-based prosperity,” said Minister Fast. “The Government of Canada will continue to pursue new opportunities in markets around the world, because we know that when Canadian businesses succeed abroad, they create jobs, prosperity and other benefits for Canadian families in every region of the country.”
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