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March 17, 2023

Canadian and UK trade ministers renew pledges on WTO and trade agreements

Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Mary Ng, and the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch, met in London this week.

“Minister Ng and Secretary Badenoch discussed the ongoing process for the United Kingdom to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Minister Ng reaffirmed Canada’s support of the United Kingdom’s accession to the CPTPP and encouraged continued momentum following substantive progress made at the last CPTPP Commission meeting in Vietnam. Minister Ng also stressed the importance of including members that can uphold the CPTPP’s high-standard to create new trading opportunities for all parties.”

“Minister Ng and Secretary Badenoch discussed progress in negotiations toward a Canada-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement; they emphasized the agreement’s focus on shared success in areas including small businesses, environment, and digital trade, and discussed how the agreement must be inclusive to deliver results for underrepresented groups including women entrepreneurs and Indigenous peoples.”

“Minister Ng and Secretary Badenoch noted the importance of strengthening and maintaining the rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core. They also discussed the efforts of the Canada-led Ottawa Group on WTO reform, ahead of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13), which is scheduled for February 2024.”

Source: Global Affairs Canada

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