Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States and Canada (“the Ministers”) met [virtually] on 29 August 2020 for the 9th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) – Canada Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade, Canada.

The Ministers held a discussion with representatives of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and noted the CABC’s key advocacy on the need to further enhance ASEAN-Canada trade relations through a free trade agreement. The Ministers commended CABC for working together with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) and other Joint Business Council (JBC) members in submitting a comprehensive set of recommendations on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic through a report entitled “A Pathway Towards Recovery and Hope for ASEAN.

The Ministers further commended the CABC for its continuous commitment in strengthening ASEAN-Canada business-to-business relations through its various activities despite the challenging situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read full joint media statement here.

CABC delegation: Mr. Joy Rankothge, EDC; Mr. Wayne Farmer, President, CABC; Ms. Tuuli McCully, Scotiabank. Special thank you to CABC Honorary Chairman the Hon. Jean Charest, Founding Patrons, Patrons, and members for your support and input in our advocacy work