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CABC Blog 2017-09-21T06:03:06+00:00

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Despite recent trade headwinds from our largest trading partner—the United States—and challenges to our dialogue on China trade expansion, Canada has completed encouraging trade deals, including: Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) All will help Canada diversify trade and improve market access around the world. But there’s one important piece missing—Southeast Asia. Canada and the 10-nation pact known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been exploring the idea of a free trade agreement for several years. In our opinion, now is the time…
As Thailand prepares for the ASEAN chairmanship in 2019, Canada-ASEAN relations are taking center stage in corporate, academic and political circles on both sides of the Pacific. I recently had the distinct pleasure of speaking on a panel at just such an event: the “Canada and Thailand: Lessons from the Past and Future Agenda” Seminar, held October 12th, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Organized by co-hosts, Victor V. Ramraj, Director, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, and Paul Evans, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, the seminar brought together leaders in Canada-Thailand…
With the support of Export Development Canada (EDC), the Canada-ASEAN Business Council hosted the Infrastructure in Indonesia breakfast seminar at Fairmont Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 29, between 8am and 11am. Mr. Klaus Houben (Chief Representative, Southeast Asia, Export Development Canada) gave his opening remarks The event was attended by about 60 attendees, including Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Peter MacArthur, representatives from the Canadian Embassy in Indonesia, EDC, the ASEAN Secretariat, Canadian businesses, and local key players in the infrastructure sector in Indonesia. Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Peter MacArthur gave his remarks The event featured presentations and a panel…
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau PC MP recently concluded his visit to South East Asia including Singapore for the ASEAN Summit and Papua New Guinea for the APEC meetings. In line with Canada’s trade diversification agenda, Trudeau’s Asia trip, accompanied by Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr PC MP, aimed to forge closer trade ties with  ASEAN and Asia-Pacific regions. On November 13th, the CABC was privileged to host the prime minister and Minister Carr for a CABC-CanCham Trade Dialogue with leaders from the Canadian business community in Singapore. This is the first time the CABC, together with…