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Notice of Intent to Conduct an Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Mali Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement

The Government of Canada will undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the negotiations for the Canada-Mali 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, environmental and investment 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 and environmental issues at the earliest stages of decision making, and to do this through an open and inclusive process. Environmental assessments of trade negotiations are critical to this work.

This process adheres to the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations and with direction from the 2010 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 FIPA negotiations with Mali by January 9, 2012.

Contributions can be sent by email, fax or mail to:

Environmental Assessments of Trade Agreements, Trade Agreements and NAFTA Secretariat (TAS)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-992-9392