Minister Champagne concludes successful round of meetings at World Economic Forum

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January 21, 2017 - Davos, Switzerland - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today concluded his participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2017. At the meeting, the Minister met with business and political leaders from around the world, where he advocated Canada’s progressive approach to trade and demonstrated how it is helping create good, middle-class jobs. He also reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement as soon as possible in 2017. The Minister also marked Canada 150 celebrations and promoted Canada as a top destination for foreign investment.

On the margins of the meeting, the Minister met with officials from Australia, Brazil, the European Union, Germany, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and attended a World Trade Organization ministerial meeting.


“Canada has both the capacity and the willingness to commit to the kind of sustainable economic growth that builds vibrant, inclusive societies and makes the future better for our children and our grandchildren. I was pleased to be part of Canada’s WEF delegation and to be able to advance Canada’s goals of strengthening the middle class, growing the economy and facilitating freer and more inclusive trade and investment that will benefit all Canadians.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

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  • The theme of the 2017 WEF meeting, Responsive and Responsible Leadership, reflects a deeper commitment to inclusive development and equitable growth, both nationally and globally.
  • Canada’s strong presence at WEF underscores the importance of this meeting for shaping the international agenda and advancing economic opportunities for Canada.

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