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The ASEAN Advantage: Report on the Impact of a Canada-ASEAN FTA

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The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) today announces the release of the ASEAN Advantage, a new report providing a compelling argument for the implementation of a Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement. The report is a joint project between the CABC, the Asia Pacific Foundation (APF), the Business Council of Canada (BCC), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The report indicates that a trade deal with ASEAN, benchmarked on the terms of the successful Australia – New Zealand – ASEAN agreement (AANZFTA) reached in 2012, could add an additional C$11 billion in annual bi-lateral trade between the two regions by 2027, with roughly equal benefits to both trading partners.

The findings are a timely support for the ongoing drafting of terms of reference for a free-trade agreement between Canada and ASEAN, announced following the ASEAN Economic Minister’s (AEM) meeting in Laos, August 2016

A Canada-ASEAN agreement should push for a more modernized agreement than AANZFTA, to ensure deeper benefits for key sectors to Canadians, such as services. The implementation of a robust trade promotion program with ASEAN by the Canadian Government in advance of an agreement would also be key to maximizing its benefits. 

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CABC welcomes Canada's new Minister of Trade, the Honourable Francois Philippe-Champagne

CABC welcomes Canada's new Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland 


Canada became an ASEAN dialogue partner in 1977 and is one of only 10 countries with this important level of partnership. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this relationship (1977-2017), the Mission of Canada to ASEAN is holding a logo competition to create a symbol of this important milestone and relationship. The winning logo will be used throughout the anniversary year.

The competition will be open from Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey 2016

The Canada-ASEAN Business Council was proud to partner with the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research on the 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey.

The 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook survey was designed to assess the opportunities, challenges, and general operating conditions facing Canadian businesses and Southeast Asia-based firms with strong Canadian ties in the ten countries of the ASEAN region. In total, 175 respondents participated in the survey between June and August 2016.

The CABC is proud to announce a successful 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Forum!

The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) hosted the 2016 Canada-ASEAN Business Forum (CABF), from September 7 to 8 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two-day forum successfully drew over 260 participants and brought together global business leaders and senior government officials from Canada and Southeast Asia to explore opportunities to accelerate multilateral trade and cooperation.

Opportunities in Canada’s Fastest Growing ASEAN Export Destination - Vietnam

Vietnam is Canada’s 6th-largest export market in ASEAN – but the region’s fastest growing export destination. Exports have almost doubled over the past four years and reached $656.6M in 2015 versus $335.3M in 2011. With imports from Vietnam expanding even faster, Vietnam has become Canada’s largest bilateral trading partner in ASEAN, with total trade now standing at $5 billion.
For more reading on Vietnamese opportunities, please see the CABC Whitepaper authored by Canadian Consul General to Vietnam, Richard Bale.

ASEAN and Canada Take First Formal Steps Towards Free Trade Agreement

August 4th marked a critical milestone on the path to establish a free trade agreement between Canada and ASEAN. In a joint media statement following the Fifth ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) – Canada Consultations in Ventiane, Laos, senior officials were formally tasked to begin framing the discussion for this agreement. This marks the first step in a long process – but it is the first formality to move this vital agreement forward.

CABC Presents its letter of Advocacy from its Members to the ASEAN Economic Ministers

The CABC was pleased to present its letter of advocacy to the ASEAN Economic Ministers at the 4th Canada-ASEAN Economic Ministers dialogue, August 4th in Vientiane, Laos. For the full, submission, please click here.

Help Set the Canadian Government Agenda in ASEAN – Last Chance to Provide Your Input!

The UBC-CABC Survey of Canadian Businesses in ASEAN closes on August 12. This is the first survey since Canada established our mission to ASEAN and represents the best opportunity for your voice and priorities to be heard as Ambassador Hannan begins advocating for your interests in the region. We will be sharing the survey and its findings with the Ambassador and other key Canadian and ASEAN stakeholders during the upcoming Canada-ASEAN Business Forum in Jakarta on September 7 & 8.

Canadian Tech Startups in Vietnam – Closer than You’d Think

Attendees packed a sold-out CanCham Vietnam and CABC joint seminar on startup opportunities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on May 27, 2016. Vietnam is not yet on the list for the world’s most innovative countries, but its rapid economic growth and increasing international engagement means that it is quickly attracting investor attention.

Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN confirmed for roundtable discussion at CABC Forum

We are pleased to confirm that Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN, Ambassador Marie-Louise Hannan will join us for the upcoming Canada-ASEAN Business Forum on 7-8 September, at the Shangri-la Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Our first plenary session of the event, "Canada and the ASEAN Economic Community" will feature a round-table discussion with Ambassador Hannan regarding her current plans for the new role. It is an ideal opportunity for you and your business to help shape her priorities in the region for the years to come.

CABC Endorses the Implementation of TPP - Apr 29, 2016

In response to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade’s request for Canadian organizations to express their views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), CABC was pleased to submit its official position of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (“CABC”) towards Canada’s ratification of the TPP. FULL SUBMISSION HERE

CABC welcomes Canada's First Dedicated Ambassador to ASEAN, Marie-Louise Hannan - Feb 17th, 2016

The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) congratulates Ms. Marie-Louise Hannan on her appointment as Canada’s first dedicated Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The CABC is looking forward to working closely with Ms. Hannan as a key partner in the development of trade and investment ties between Canada and Southeast Asia. Please find the full press release here.

CABC welcomes the Honourable Jean Charest as its new Honorary Chairman - Nov 5, 2015

The CABC is pleased to announce that the Honourable Jean Charest, former Premier of Québec, former Deputy Prime-Minister of Canada, and current partner at McCarthy-Tétrault, will be assuming the role of Honorary Chairman for the Council. Mr. Charest brings a wealth of business and political experience to help guide the Council's efforts towards building strong, lasting trade ties between Canada and ASEAN. Find the full CABC press release here.

CABC welcomes the new Liberal Government - October 28, 2015

The CABC has released an official press release welcoming the new Liberal government. Find the full CABC press release here.

CABC's Official Press Release re. Canada's Signing of the TPP - October 12, 2015

On October 5th, 2015, Canada became signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This historic action will see Canada become part of an economic group comprising more than 40% of the world's total economy. The CABC unreservedly supports this signing as a positive step forward for Canadian trade and for the development of trade relations between ASEAN and Canada. Find the official CABC press release here.