Today, Canada and the other 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] endorsed a statement committing to mitigate the economic impacts caused by COVID-19 and to plan for economic recovery—especially in developing countries.
“In this period of unprecedented health and economic challenges due to COVID-19, the predictability and stability provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the rules-based international trading system is crucial for Canadian businesses and workers, as well as the path towards economic recovery.”
Canada welcomes the Sudanese government’s decision to ban female genital mutilation (FGM), and hopes that the draft law will enjoy swift ratification. We echo the Sudanese Foreign Ministry’s statement that female genital mutilation is a ‘clear violation against women and a crime against women's rights,’ and we commend the Sudanese government for taking this momentous step.
Journalists and media workers play a vital role in our society by providing us with the information we need to make informed decisions, broadening our horizons and holding individuals and institutions to account.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement:
“In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever that we keep global supply chains open so that goods and services can continue to be delivered to the people and places that need them.
“At a time when the world is focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we have noted that malicious cyber actors are using this as an opportunity to increase cyber threats targeting vulnerable institutions in the health sector. Canada strongly condemns any malicious cyber activities, particularly irresponsible and destabilizing actions that put people’s lives at risk.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today organized a seventh call with his counterparts from countries affected by COVID-19, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement: “As countries take action to respond to the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it is imperative that trade remains open and predictable to ensure people in Canada and around the world can access the food and essential goods they need.