Foreign Affairs Minister concludes participation in annual APEC Leaders’ Week

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November 13, 2017 - Manila, Philippines - Global Affairs Canada

In recent years, Canada has significantly strengthened its engagement and partnership with the Asia-Pacific region and, in particular, member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

On Sunday, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded a successful working visit to Da Nang, Vietnam, where she attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week from November 8 to 11, 2017.

On the margins of APEC, the Minister also held productive meetings with her counterparts from Australia, China, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the United States. At these meetings, the Minister focused on issues of vital regional and international importance, including North Korean provocations, the plight of the Rohingya‎ and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

At the APEC Ministerial Meeting, the Minister reiterated Canada’s unwavering support for a multilateral, rules-based international order.

The Minister also participated in the APEC CEO Summit, speaking about the effects of the technological revolution on the nature of work and the role that governments and the private sector must play in preparing for change.

Minister Freeland and Prime Minister Trudeau are presently in Manila, Philippines, where the Prime Minister is representing Canada at the East Asian Summit (EAS) for the first time ever. While there, the Minister will attend a luncheon for foreign ministers from the EAS and invited guests.


“Canada is a Pacific nation, with important people-to-people, cultural and economic ties to the Asia-Pacific region. Further deepening those ties is critical to our commitment to upholding a multilateral, rules-based international order. ‎Through this work, we are able to promote our interests and values while contributing to issues of regional and international significance.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • More than 20 Government of Canada departments are engaged in APEC’s broad agenda, which includes women’s economic empowerment and mental health.  

  • Canada supports a series of development and security programs for the ASEAN region having a total value of more than $235 million per year.

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