Minister Fast Discusses Benefits of Trade with His Counterparts at OECD Meeting in Paris

Minister Fast in a session on trade and jobs at the OECD Forum

May 23, 2012 - Paris, France - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, participates in a session on Trade and Jobs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Forum with Tim Groser, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade; Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative; Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization Director-General; and Pier Carlo Padoan, OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist. They discussed OECD findings that show trade contributes to job creation. The session was moderated by Ken Ash, OECD Director, Trade and Agriculture.

During the session, Minister Fast welcomed the new publication released by the OECD on the critical role trade plays in creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity—confirming what Canada has been saying all along. “Trade benefits families by providing more choice and selection of reasonably priced goods and services,” said Minister Fast.

From left to right: The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; session moderator Ken Ash, OECD Director, Trade and Agriculture; Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative; and Tim Groser, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade.

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