Ministers to promote Canada’s world-class exports, attract job-creating investments and highlight Canada’s global leadership during annual meeting
January 20, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, and Industry Minister James Moore will attend the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting from January 21 to 24 in Davos, Switzerland.
The ministers will hold bilateral meetings with key international counterparts, as well as with business and civil society leaders, to promote Canada’s leadership on the economy and in promoting global peace and security. The ministers will also lead several sessions related to this year’s WEF’s theme: The New Global Context.
Minister Fast will focus on promoting the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. This historic agreement opens new markets and opportunities for Canadian companies and positions Canada as one of the only countries with preferential access to the world’s largest markets—the United States and Europe. Minister Fast will also participate in a World Trade Organization meeting on the margins of the Forum. Prior to attending the WEF, Minister Fast will lead a trade mission to Italy, where he will build on the Canada-Italy partnership.
Minister Baird’s participation provides an opportunity to raise awareness of Canada’s leadership role on the world stage in fighting for freedom and security around the globe; engage with key counterparts to address and find solutions to global challenges; and demonstrate Canada’s leadership on other priority files, including efforts to fight child, early and forced marriage.
Minister Paradis will promote new and innovative approaches to partnering with the private sector aimed at mobilizing more investment to help alleviate global poverty and improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). MNCH is Canada’s top development priority and is an area in which Prime Minister Harper has demonstrated global leadership since 2010.
Minister Oliver will highlight Canada’s strong and growing economy while promoting Canada as an investment destination of choice. He will also participate in bilateral meetings with representatives of the financial sector and other business leaders, as well as with his international counterparts, to discuss issues related to the global economy and G-7 and G-20 priorities.
Minister Moore will showcase Canada’s strong record of attracting investment, as well as the Harper government’s economic policies that make Canada the number one country in the world in which to do business. He will meet with global business leaders and international counterparts to discuss Canada’s investment climate, support for innovation and the digital economy.
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