(No. 44 - February 18, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a successful trip to São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of Canada's continued engagement in the Americas. While in Brazil, Minister Cannon met with a broad range of government, business and civil society leaders.
"Canada and Brazil are committed to working together toward our common objective of a democratic, secure and prosperous hemisphere," said Minister Cannon. "Canada is especially pleased to be cooperating with Brazil in Haiti. As two important contributors to stabilization and development efforts in Haiti, it is important that we continue to work closely on this issue."
In a meeting with the country's Minister of External Relations, Celso Amorim, the two ministers discussed the natural synergies of the Canada-Brazil relationship and the importance of building on them. The Ministers also spoke about regional issues and the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which will take place this April in Trinidad and Tobago.
Minister Cannon also met Sergio Machado Rezende, Brazil's Minister of Science and Technology. They discussed the opportunities offered by last November's signing of the Canada-Brazil Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation.
In addition, Minister Cannon met with representatives of Viva Rio, a leading Brazilian NGO working in Haiti with Canadian support.
Minister Cannon also spoke with representatives of Brazil's business community to gain first-hand understanding of commercial relations between the two countries, and to encourage increased trade, investment and science and technology partnerships.
Brazil accounts for more than half of South America's total population and GDP. It is one of Canada's most important partners in the hemisphere and in the world, and this is reflected in the breadth of Canada's relations with the country.
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