Let me begin by thanking Masood, Nancy, and the leadership and scholars of CGD [Center for Global Development] for hosting this important event at such a critical time. To bring together this level of expertise in one place to discuss the links between women’ and girls’ reproductive choices and their economic empowerment is one of the many reasons we appreciate working with the centre.
Everyone here knows that trade is critical to our current and future prosperity, so I am here to talk about our plan to grow our economy, create jobs and level the playing the field so that every worker, producer, farmer, fisher, entrepreneur and investor¬—both women and men—can compete and win on the world stage.
As I welcome all of you—colleagues and friends from the Americas—to Toronto for this Third Ministerial Meeting of the Lima Group, I want to acknowledge that we gather today on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
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