The CABC and CanCham Singapore were pleased to welcome Canada’s Minister of Trade, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, for a Members’ networking lunch at the Raffles CIty Convention Centre in Singapore, May 22nd.

The Minister gave a passionate speech to a sold-our crowd of CABC and CanCham Members, pushing strongly for the benefits of deeper trade integration between Canada and ASEAN,
After thanking CABC and CanCham for their efforts to advance trade between the regions, the Minister provided an overview of the ongoing initiatives Canada is undertaking in ASEAN, and his vision for Canada’s continued engagement in the region. Major points included:
  • Continued efforts towards an FTA between the regions
  • An emphasis for Canada on partnerships, not protectionism
  • Ensuring Canada stands for progressive trade
The Minister also noted the importance of CABC’s recent joint report on a Canada-ASEAN FTA in advancing this important agreement not only in Canada but also with the ASEAN states.
The Minister left the guests with a resounding call for Canadians trading in the region to be ambitious, and seize the moment.