(No. 69 – February 16, 2010 – 2:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today made the following statement to mark the implementation of the Canada-U.S. agreement on government procurement:
“Today marks an important day in Canada and the United States—the coming-into-force of the agreement on Buy American that we announced two weeks ago. The respective governments have ratified the deal, and it takes effect today.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the deeply connected nature of our economies. This speaks to the need for a coordinated approach to enhance the economic prosperity of citizens, businesses and communities on both sides of the border.
“Under the agreement, the United States has waived the Buy American provisions, allowing Canadian companies to participate in a number of infrastructure projects being funded under the Recovery Act. Canadian provinces and territories also collaborated to develop the agreement, which also enjoys the full support of leading industry associations. The support and efforts of our partners in the public and private sectors, from the very start, made this successful outcome possible.
“Canada and the United States have agreed to offer each other permanent market access at the sub-federal level under the provisions of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement.
“To ensure that access remains a hallmark of our trade relationship in the future, we have also agreed to begin discussions to explore the possibility of a permanent agreement that would go beyond the existing WTO GPA.”
For more information on the agreement, consult Government Procurement.
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