The international trade minister of Canada will visit Manila from July 21 to 22 “to advance the interests of Canadian companies,” particularly small—and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the Canadian Embassy in Manila said on Friday.
Ed Fast is gearing to promote Canada’s agriculture, defense, and information and communications and sustainable technologies during his visit to Manila.
The embassy said Fast will also highlight the “important and growing” people-to-people ties between Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), of which the Philippines is a member.
The minister will meet with Philippine Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and with senior business leaders “to discuss how the Philippines is driving domestic and international economic development, trade and investment by partnering with Canada and Canadian companies to fuel its economic growth.”
“Our government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, which is why I am leading a trade mission to the Philippines. A key part of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan includes broadening and strengthening Canadian exports and our investment relationships in dynamic and fast-growing markets, while supporting our SMEs as they explore doing business with them,” Fast said in a statement.
This is the minister’s 15th visit to Asia and his second visit to the Philippines.
In June, the Philippines was added to the list of Canada’s development countries of focus.
Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and the Philippines was Cad$1.7 billion in 2013, up 14.6 percent from the previous year.
The Philippines is one of Canada’s top 10 markets for agri-food exports.