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2012-2013 Canada-France Joint Action Plan

NOVEMBER 2011

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada)

Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry (France)

France and Canada made a mutual commitment to strengthen their trade and economic relations and have been seeing the positive results of the implementation of Canada – France joint action plans since 2006.

The 2012-2013 Canada – France Joint Action Plan extends and solidifies the directions of previous bilateral cooperation and information exchange plans by drawing on past achievements. It highlights the desire of both parties to support the signing and implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, currently under negotiation.

Three key objectives have been set in this context:

  • Strengthening cooperation among participants in both France and Canada in terms of competitiveness, innovation, and science and technology;
  • Supporting Canadian and French companies in the areas of business development, market access and promotion of cross investment;
  • Informing companies during negotiations and after the signing of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to help them benefit fully from the advantages of this agreement once it is implemented.

I. Strengthening cooperation among participants in both France and Canada in terms of competitiveness, innovation and science and technology (S&T)

To promote cooperation in this area, the Bilateral Working Group on Innovation and S&T, created in 2008-2009, continues its work with objectives that include increasing cooperation among Canadian and French clusters and concluding technological and industrial partnerships.

Particular attention continues to be focused on mutually defined strategic sectors, such as the environment and information and communications technologies (ICTs), for which the working group can provide an impetus for Canada-France technological and industrial relations. The transportation sector (aeronautics and automotive) and the life sciences sector are also priorities in terms of intensifying bilateral relations.

 

II. Supporting Canadian and French companies in the areas of business development, market access and promotion of cross investment

Since the first Joint Action Plan, the participants have been strengthening cooperation between Canada and France by promoting trade, investment and innovation throughout both countries. In this context, stakeholders are building partnerships in priority sectors such as aerospace, information and communications technologies, life sciences and clean technologies while promoting information sharing on market access and investment. This institutional cooperation takes various forms:

  • 1. Identifying and implementing collaborative initiatives and partnerships, participating in joint events and consulting on the development of new activities;
  • 2. Supporting the matching of companies for joint activities and missions;
  • 3. Strengthening information exchange networks and mechanisms on export assistance measures and the spillover effects of these measures;
  • 4. Exchanging investment information and exemplary practices in the investment sector to promote cross investment in the two countries and to develop it over the long term.

III.       Informing companies during negotiations and after the signing of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) so they can benefit fully from the advantages of this agreement once it is implemented

CETA negotiations were launched in Prague at the Canada-European Union Summit in May 2009. CETA has great potential in terms of generating opportunities and employment, and increasing trade and investment. Therefore, in an effort to help French and Canadian companies benefit fully from the advantages of the CETA, the following measures are proposed:

  • 1. Encourage the private sectors to actively support the CETA by raising awareness among companies of the advantages of such an agreement.
  • 2. Promote the dissemination of information on the progress of negotiations and respond (in consultation with negotiating teams and in compliance with existing confidentiality rules) to the concerns of private sector representatives.
  • 3. Regularly inform companies of implementation procedures and time frames.
  • 4. If the CETA is implemented during the 2012-2013 Joint Action Plan, initiate joint action to help companies take advantage of the business opportunities that flow from this agreement.

 

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2013-06-06