Reminder - International Trade Minister Ed Fast to Visit Washington, D.C., to Make Important Announcement

January 20, 2012 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, will make an official visit to Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2012.

Minister Fast will meet his counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, to discuss and officially mark progress made on securing access for Canadian exporters to key U.S. markets, which creates jobs and prosperity for workers and their families on both sides of the shared border.

Following his meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Kirk, Minister Fast will make an important announcement and take questions from media.

Event: Photo opportunity
Date: Monday, January 23, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Location: Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 600 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Event: Media availability
Date: Monday, January 23, 2012
Time: Noon ET
Location: Media Centre, Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Camera crews are asked to arrive at the C Street NW entrance at least 30 minutes in advance.

Canadian media representatives wishing to participate by teleconference should dial 1-877-413-4793 (Canada and the United States toll-free) or 613-954-4096. The title of the teleconference is Minister Fast Media Availability.

For more information, please contact:

Adam Taylor
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332
adam.taylor@international.gc.ca

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
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