Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra wraps up successful Indigenous trade mission to New Zealand

News release

October 11, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The government is determined to make sure the economic benefits of trade and investment are shared by all segments of society. When Indigenous peoples from all over the world are able to build their networks, the opportunities and job creation that flow can be more fully realized.

Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification, today concluded the first Government of Canada-led Indigenous trade mission to New Zealand.

In Rotorua, he participated in a round table hosted by New Zealand on Indigenous economic development and trade on the margins of the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF), alongside Australia, Chile and Mexico. While at WIBF, Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra highlighted the Government of Canada’s renewed efforts on Indigenous business development and committed to take the dialogue forward as Canada will host next year’s WIBF in Vancouver.

In Auckland, Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra participated in a business stakeholders event to connect Indigenous businesses and promote Canadian business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region and the benefits of free trade for all nations.

The trade mission showcased the full range of opportunities under Canada’s trade diversification strategy, which aims to open more markets and to do so on terms that benefit more people. In New Zealand, participants were able to connect with their counterparts from around the world, including many from countries that will soon be covered by the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP fully exemplifies “diversification in action.”

The mission also offered an opportunity to demonstrate Canada’s commitment to strengthen Indigenous-to-Indigenous partnerships around the globe and represents a small step for economic reconciliation at home.

During his visit, Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra held productive discussions with officials from New Zealand, Australia and Chile on a range of issues, including how to deepen trade and investment ties in the Asia-Pacific region through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. 


“Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples. The 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum was a key driver in helping Indigenous businesses grow and export their goods and services globally. I look forward to Canada being the host country at next year’s WIBF.”

- Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification

Quick facts

  • Merchandise trade between Canada and New Zealand totalled $1.2 billion in 2017. 

  • Direct Canadian investment in New Zealand reached $804 million in 2017. 

  • Foreign direct investment in Canada from New Zealand reached $46 million in 2017.

  • The trade mission was the third trade mission as part of the Government of Canada’s progressive trade agenda to facilitate the participation of all segments of Canadian society in trade and investment.

  • Two other trade missions of Canada’s progressive trade agenda were the Canadian Business Women in International Trade delegation to Detroit, Michigan, and the LGBTQ2 trade mission to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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