The G20 ministers committed to ensuring the rules-based international trading system, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core, is stable and predictable and that everyone—including small businesses and women entrepreneurs—can access the benefits of trade.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade for the United Kingdom (U.K.) to discuss Canada and the U.K.’s shared priorities ahead of the G20 Trade Ministers Meeting tomorrow.
Advancing women’s economic empowerment and participation in trade is fundamental to the Government of Canada’s Export Diversification Strategy and is key to ensuring that the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is inclusive and sustainable.
Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Franck Riester, France’s Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. They discussed how Canada and France will continue to work together to strengthen the economic relationship between both countries, creating jobs and promoting new opportunities for Canadian and French businesses as both economies begin to recover.
The ministers discussed their shared commitment to strengthening the rules-based global trading system and developing mutually beneficial business opportunities for workers and businesses, including clean technology, agri-tech, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure.
The ministers discussed the importance of international cooperation to defend the global economy against protectionism, keep essential trade flowing, and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on people in both countries and around the world.
The Government of Canada is committed to diversifying trade and investment with the dynamic, growing market in the Asia-Pacific region. Ambitious trade agreements like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will help Canadian businesses and workers recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic.