Minister Van Loan to Lead Trade Mission to Turkey and Greece

Trade mission will showcase Canadian expertise and promote trade and investment

(No. 344 - October 22, 2010 - 1:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today announced that he will lead a delegation of Canadian business people to Turkey and Greece from December 6 to 10, 2010. The Minister made the announcement in a speech to the Canadian Turkish Business Council in Toronto.

“Canadian companies have proven to be world leaders in the modern economy,” said Minister Van Loan. “A key focus of my visit will be to promote Canadian expertise and advance business ties between our countries.”

Minister Van Loan will begin the trade mission by visiting Istanbul and Ankara from December 6 to 8 and conclude it by visiting Athens from December 9 to 10.

The mission will focus on the sectors of agriculture and agri-food, aerospace and defence, clean energy, mining, the environment, and information and communications technologies.

During his speech to the members of the Canadian Turkish Business Council, Minister Van Loan also highlighted the exploratory talks on free trade between Canada and Turkey that began earlier this month in Ankara.

“Our government is ensuring that Canadians can compete and succeed in a global marketplace,” said Minister Van Loan. “An ambitious free trade agenda is an important part of our economic policy to create future prosperity for Canadian businesses and workers.”

Over the last four years, Canada has negotiated new trade agreements with eight countries and is holding ongoing negotiations with approximately 50 others. This includes current negotiations with the European Union toward a comprehensive economic and trade agreement, Canada’s most significant trade initiative since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Monika Bujalska
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of International Trade

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada