June 7, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Government of Canada is taking another step forward in bringing its planned new Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office to fruition – by announcing the Office's location. Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, met with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), where they discussed the Indo-Pacific Strategy and she announced Manila, Philippines, as the intended home base for the new Office.
The Office is a joint venture between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. It will consist of a mobile team that will work directly with Canadian diplomatic missions, Canadian stakeholders, foreign interlocutors and decision makers in the region to advance mutual trade objectives for the sector.
The Office will work hand in hand with Government of Canada resources already in place in the Indo-Pacific, and will help strengthen partnerships, advance technical cooperation, support Canadian exporters in finding new business opportunities, and help position Canada as a preferred supplier in the region.
The establishment of an Agriculture and Agri-Food Office under the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) demonstrates Canada's commitment in the region and the importance of trade, investment, and supply chain resilience to support sustainable economic development in Indo-Pacific countries.
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