Ms. Bossenmaier possesses a wealth of expertise honed over her decades-long career in Canada’s public service, with senior roles in defence and foreign affairs. She served most recently as National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, organized a call with his counterparts from countries affected by COVID-19, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also joined the call.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge affecting the way businesses operate in Canada and around the world. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to provide Canadian businesses with support and stability, including by strengthening the rules-based trading system, with the World Trade Organization [WTO] at its core.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in a G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting by videoconference today. United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted counterparts from Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the U.K. as well as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge affecting the way businesses all over the world operate. Our efforts to control and mitigate the spread of the virus have resulted in travel restrictions and temporary border closures, and they could have further implications for Canadian businesses operating in the global marketplace.
The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will attend the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts on March 25, 2020. The meeting will be conducted by videoconference.
The ministers discussed the response plans for COVID-19 in their respective countries and the importance of maintaining strong coordination between France and Canada, as well as internationally including with other members of the G7 and with the World Health Organization.
Canada congratulates Luis Almagro on his re-election as Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). We also extend our congratulations to Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez on his re-election by acclamation.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $50 million in funding to help vulnerable countries prepare for and respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As part of this, Canada will immediately provide $8 million of this funding to experienced humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.