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Notice of Intent to Conduct a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Tanzania Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)

Closing date: July 1, 2008

The Government of Canada will undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (EA) of the negotiations for a Canada-Tanzania Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Comments are invited on any likely and significant environmental impacts of the negotiations on Canada.

The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development. Mutually supportive trade, investment and environmental policies can contribute to this objective. To this end, the Minister of International Trade, with the support of his Cabinet colleagues, has directed trade officials to improve their understanding of, and information based on, the relationship between trade, investment and environmental issues at the earliest stages of decision making, and to do this through an open and inclusive process. Environmental assessments of trade and investment negotiations are critical to this work.

This process is guided by the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations and with direction from the 2004 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan, and Program Proposals.

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All interested parties are invited to submit their views on the likely and significant environmental impacts on Canada resulting from the Canada-Tanzania FIPA negotiations by July 1, 2008.
Contributions can be sent by e-mail, fax or mail to:

Consultations & Liaison Division
Environmental Assessment Consultations – Canada-Tanzania FIPA
International Trade Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
E-mail: consultations@international.gc.ca
Fax: (613) 944-0757