Canada welcomes the offer of a ceasefire by the Government of Afghanistan starting on the Eid al-Adha holiday. We urge the Taliban to agree to the ceasefire, which will help to reduce levels of violence and create space for peace talks as demonstrated by the success of the Eid al-Fitr ceasefire in June of this year.
On August 20 and 21, 2018, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, will travel to Kelowna, British Columbia, to promote Canada’s ambitious trade diversification strategy as part of ongoing #TradeTalks outreach across the country.
Around the world, millions of people face the choice of living surrounded by armed conflict that threatens their families and livelihoods or fleeing in search of safety and security. Children’s education and health care are compromised, and entire families are displaced from their homes.
Canada strongly supports the measures taken today by the United States to sanction perpetrators of atrocities and gross human rights violations committed in Myanmar. These measures align with Canada’s unwavering commitment to protect the human rights of Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Myanmar.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, announced the launch of a public consultation on Canada’s foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs). This is the first in a series of consultations that will take place as part of Canada’s progressive trade agenda to help the Government of Canada better reflect the views and interests of Canadians, industry and civil society.
From August 14 to 16, 2018, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, will visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and hold meetings with Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf, Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenney, and leading U.S. corporate executives to discuss the importance of the Canada-U.S. trade and investment relationship.
Today, while meeting with representatives of women’s organizations in Sierra Leone, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, announced $7 million in funding over five years to support a pan-African women’s voice and leadership initiative. Women’s movements and women’s rights organizations on the African continent are key agents of change that strengthen the rights of women and girls and help societies achieve gender equality.
Just three months ago I was in Bangladesh to address the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers, and this is actually my fourth visit to Asia in the past year. It is really great to be back again and I’m looking forward to the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] meetings later this week.
During her visit, Minister Bibeau will meet with government officials, woman leaders and development partners to discuss common priorities such as advancing the rights of women and girls, including sexual and reproductive health rights, sustainable and inclusive development, and peace and security.