Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS) and Canada (“the Ministers”) met on 10 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand for the Eighth ASEAN Economic Ministers-Canada Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of Thailand and H.E. John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade of Canada.
The Ministers held a dialogue with representatives of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council and commended the Council for its on-going efforts to promote ASEAN-Canada trade and investment. The Ministers welcomed the results of the 2019 Canada-ASEAN Business Survey, which highlight the increased interest from the private sector for enhanced bilateral trade and investment. The Ministers also noted the recommendations raised by the Council advocating for an ASEAN-Canada FTA.