Minister Fast Highlights Growing Canada-ASEAN Ties During Trade Mission in Burma

August 27, 2014 - Nay Pyi Taw, Burma - Minister of International Trade Ed Fast (sixth from left, with ASEAN economic ministers) highlights growing Canada-ASEAN economic and trade ties during the third Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Ministers-Canada Consultations, taking place in Burma.

The consultations, which build on the 2011 ASEAN-Canada Joint Statement on Trade and Investment, are held annually to review progress and ensure that growth and pro-investment and pro-trade policies continue to deliver positive results.

Canada-ASEAN accomplishments, including the fact that bilateral (Canada-ASEAN) merchandise trade amounted to almost $17 billion in 2013, were highlighted in a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting.

Minister Fast’s trade mission from August 26 to 29 has included round-table meetings with representatives of Canadian businesses in Laos and in Burma to learn first-hand the challenges they face and hear their views on the opportunities for jobs and growth in Southeast Asia and in ASEAN member countries. Burma is a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, Canada’s blueprint for creating jobs and opportunities through trade.

For further information on recent progress in Canada-ASEAN economic, trade and diplomatic relations, please refer to Backgrounder - Timeline of Canada-ASEAN Commercial Relations, 2011-2014.

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Shannon Gutoskie
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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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