Minister Fast Welcomes Italian Trade and Investment Mission 

Photo (from left to right): Minister Fast; Pasquale Bova, Italian Trade Commissioner for Canada; Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Ambassador of Italy to Canada; Carlo Calenda, Italy's Deputy Minister for Economic Development.

October 15, 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, welcomes Carlo Calenda, Italy’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development, to Canada. Deputy Minister Calenda is leading a trade and investment mission to Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. This includes a visit to the oil sands.

“I am very pleased to welcome Deputy Minister Calenda and the Italian trade and investment mission to Canada,” said Minister Fast. “Missions like this help provide new linkages that lead to even deeper commercial ties. This Italian delegation will have an opportunity to see first-hand why Canada is such a great place to invest in and why Canadian companies make such great partners.”

Minister Fast and Deputy Minister Calenda discussed the two countries’ trade and investment relations and their commitment to freer and more open trade, including to concluding negotiations toward a comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. The investment opportunities and the competitive edge provided through a CETA will lead to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity both in Canada and in Italy.

There are almost 1.5 million Italian-Canadians; their presence enriches Canada’s culture and underpins the very strong commercial relationship between Canada and Italy. Bilateral trade last year totalled $6.9 billion, which ranks Italy among Canada’s top 10 trading partners.

The visit follows closely on the heels of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s successful meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa in September. These visits are building closer relations between the two countries.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
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