It is a pleasure and an honour for me to be here today. Thank you for the warm welcome and the invitation to participate in this assembly. As Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, I want to point out the importance of what is being discussed here.
I want to extend my appreciation to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Mexican Council for Foreign Trade and the Embassy of Canada for their great work in organizing this event, as well as the great work they do through the year in helping to strengthen our trade and investment ties.
The success of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s International Convention, which regularly attracts more than 20,000 attendees each year and hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, is a testament to importance of mining in Canada, and the size of Canada’s extractive sector.
Australia and Canada are already long-standing partners. As Wesley Enoch, your esteemed director of the Sydney Festival recently noted: “Canada echoes Australia and we echo Canada. We are like mirrors in so many ways.”