Ministers Joly and Ng to attend North American Leaders’ Summit
January 6, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, today announced that they will accompany Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 10, 2023.
The summit will bring together leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States, and will focus on trade, competitiveness and economic development, as well as on diversity and inclusion, climate change and the environment, migration and development, health and security.
Minister Joly will deepen discussions with her counterparts from the United States and Mexico on global and regional issues, including in relation to Ukraine, Haiti and Venezuela. They will also discuss shared priorities, including democracy in the Americas and collaboration to advance feminist foreign policies.
Minister Ng will meet with Raquel Buenrostro, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, to discuss important bilateral trade issues. She will also engage with members of the business community, including representatives of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Mexico and women entrepreneurs, to explore ways to enhance cooperative efforts in North America. The Minister will further underline Canada’s commitment to strengthening North American competitiveness, which supports strong and stable middle class jobs in our 3 countries.
“How we respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow will impact the citizens of our 3 countries for generations. The North American Leaders’ Summit is a unique opportunity for Canada to strengthen North American cooperation as we work together to build a hemisphere that is strong, secure and economically prosperous.”
- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“The strong relationship between Canada, the United States and Mexico is what fuels the most successful free trade agreement in the world—the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement [CUSMA]—creating benefits for people and workers across North America. CUSMA supports the cars we drive, the food at our grocery stores and the jobs in our communities. We will continue building on this friendship at the North American Leaders’ Summit to further inclusive and progressive advancements across North America.”
- Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
The priorities for the North American Leaders’ Summit are diversity and inclusion, climate change and the environment, competitiveness, migration and development, health and security.
This is the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit; the last one was held in November 2021 in the United States.
Canada hosted the North American Leaders’ Summit in June 2016.
CUSMA has been in force since July 1, 2020; it reinforces North American supply chains and enables Canada, the United States and Mexico to compete as a regional bloc against international competitors.
Canada was the United States’ largest trading partner in 2021, when bilateral trade in goods and services between the 2 countries was valued at over $1 trillion.
Trade between Canada and the United States is built on long-standing binational supply chains, through which approximately 79% of Canadian goods exported to the United States are incorporated into U.S. supply chains.
Trade between Canada and Mexico is steadily growing: 2-way merchandise trade between the 2 countries was valued at over $41.7 billion in 2021.
Mexico is Canada’s third-largest merchandise trading partner after the United States and China; Canadian direct investment in Mexico was valued at $25 billion in 2021, and Mexico is Canada’s ninth-largest destination for direct investment.
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