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Visit to Japan boosts Canada’s agriculture profile

July 16, 2019

The Government of Canada is taking every opportunity to advance its ambitious trade diversification strategy as it explores ways to help our hardworking farmers tap into new markets and increase their bottom lines.

In May, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, visited Japan to attend the G20 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting and held a series of productive meetings with her counterparts from North America, Asia and Europe. The visit was a success, as the government continues to seek new customers for our high-quality agricultural commodities.

In June, Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, attended the G-20 meeting on Trade and Digital Economy and led a trade mission in Japan and South Korea to promote Canadian canola and to tap into new markets and find new customers for Canadian agricultural products.

Also in June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Osaka, Japan where he stressed the need for G20 countries to work together to defend the rules-based international order. He also promoted open trade and investment, and met with several world leaders to discuss the opportunities for businesses and working people created by the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement.

While Canada is committed to regaining full access to the Chinese market for Canadian products, it is also exploring new, stable trade networks through 14 existing free-trade agreements, including the CPTPP and Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). These international partnerships hold considerable potential for growth as Canada looks to diversify its trade markets in an increasingly interconnected world.

The government's efforts in Japan are just one way we're helping farmers get their products to new markets. For more information, please visit the Agriculture and Food Trade Commissioner Service webpage.

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