Minister Ablonczy to Highlight Canada’s Role in Americas at Palm Beach Strategic Forum and OAS Permanent Council Meeting

April 7, 2013 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today announced that she will travel to the United States to participate in the third annual Palm Beach Strategic Forum from April 8 to 9, 2013, in Florida. She will then go to Washington, D.C., to address the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council meeting on April 10, 2013.

The Palm Beach Strategic Forum, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is a key international economic forum. The Forum facilitates dialogue among partners from around the globe on the most pressing issues facing the world economy.

At the Forum, Minister Ablonczy will deliver an address, titled “Succeeding in a New Global Market: Making the Right Choices,” in which she will highlight Canada’s Economic Action Plan for jobs, growth and prosperity and reinforce Canada’s long-term commitment to expanding our global trade network, including a robust presence in the Americas.

“In Canada, we know from experience that increasing trade, commercial and people-to-people ties is one of the best ways to enhance prosperity and growth,” said Minister Ablonczy. “Canada continues to increase two-way trade and investment with our partners in the region, having concluded seven free trade agreements with countries in the Americas—including an agreement with Panama that came into force on April 1 of this year. These successes are increasing economic opportunities for Canadians and delivering real benefits for people throughout our hemisphere.”

At the OAS Permanent Council meeting, Minister Ablonczy will address member states, reinforcing Canada’s commitment to strengthening the organization and advancing the OAS’s efforts to promote economic growth and democratic governance in the Americas—a key foreign policy priority for Canada since 2007.

“As part of our engagement in the Americas, Canada places special importance on working closely with the OAS to increase economic opportunity, strengthen security and institutions and foster lasting relationships,” said Minister Ablonczy. “I look forward to discussing with all member states how our combined efforts are helping to build a hemisphere that is safer, more prosperous and democratic for all the citizens of the Americas.”

Canada has been a strong and effective member of the OAS for nearly 25 years and has made important contributions to the organization’s collective achievements.

For more information about the Palm Beach Strategic Forum and Canada’s work at the Organization of American States, please see Palm Beach Strategic Forum and Overview of the OAS.

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Joshua Zanin
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)
613-944-2300

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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