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International Trade Minister concluded successful visits to Singapore and Hong Kong to pursue investment opportunities and expand access to new markets for Canadians

April 3, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada’s ambitious trade and investment agenda aims to promote Canada to the world’s investors as a place with a diverse, skilled and highly educated workforce, with a focus on innovation.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, travelled to Singapore from March 22 to 24, 2018, to promote Canada and Singapore’s growing bilateral trade and investment relationship, advance discussions with key partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and attend the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) Forum. The Minister then travelled to Hong Kong to meet with business leaders and key influencers in the region.

While in Singapore, the Minister met his counterpart and other senior representatives of the Singapore government. He also delivered the keynote address at the CABC Forum, attended key sessions of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Trilateral Commission, engaged with stakeholders from financial institutions and the infrastructure sector, and participated in a round-table discussion with women in business. He also focused on promoting export opportunities for Canada’s steel and aluminum industries. Canada and Singapore are part of the recently signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and continue to work together to bolster trade and investment opportunities.

While in Hong Kong, the Minister promoted Canadian investment opportunities with business leaders, participated in a round-table discussion with Chinese trade experts and met with the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. Canada has strong people-to-people and business connections with Hong Kong—a gateway city to and from mainland China that plays a key trade and investment role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Canada continues to ramp up its engagement across the entire Asia-Pacific region. Increased trade and investment, like that facilitated by the new CPTPP, or through ASEAN, with whom Canada is engaged in trade talks, presents enormous opportunity for more Canadians to diversify markets, creating more jobs for the middle class as a result.

Quotes

“There has never been a better time for Canada, as a Pacific nation, to diversify and expand its trade and investment, which creates good middle-class jobs for Canadians and opens the doors to markets for Canadian businesses in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick facts

  • Singapore is Canada’s largest source of foreign direct investment in ASEAN, with investments valued at $194 million in 2016.
  • ASEAN’s member states include Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
  • As a group, ASEAN ranks as Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner.
  • In 2017, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and ASEAN nations was $23.3 billion, with bilateral service trade reaching $4.5 billion in 2016.
  • Canada and Hong Kong bilateral merchandise trade was $2.6 billion in 2017. Hong Kong is Canada’s third-largest (single economy) trading partner for services, with bilateral service trade valued at $6.1 billion in 2016.
  • On March 8, 2018, Canada and 10 other countries—including four ASEAN members—signed the CPTPP in Santiago, Chile.

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國際貿易部長成功訪問新加坡和香港 – 尋求新的投資機會並擴大加拿大進展新市場的途徑

2018年4月3日 – 安大略省渥太華 – 加拿大全球事務部

加拿大進取的貿易和投資議程旨在促進加拿大向全球投資者宣揚加拿大是擁有多元化、技術精湛和優良教育的勞動市場,並以創新爲重點。

2018年3月22至24日,加拿大國際貿易部長弗朗索瓦-菲力普⋅尚巴涅(François-Philippe Champagne)到訪新加坡,為求促進加拿大與新加坡日益增長的雙邊貿易和投資關係,推進與東南亞國家聯盟(ASEAN)主要夥伴的對論,並出席加拿大-東盟商務委員會(CABC)論壇。部長隨後前往香港與商界領袖和關鍵影響者會面。

在新加坡期間,部長會見了新加坡政府貿易部長和其他高級代表。在CABC論壇上亦有發表主旨演講,出席了2018年三邊委員會年會的重要會議,與金融機構和基礎設施部門進行交流,並參加商界女性的圓桌討論會。同時,他亦致力促進加拿大鋼鐵和鋁業的出口機會。加拿大和新加坡是最近簽署的跨太平洋夥伴全面進步協定(CPTPP)的一部分,以加強貿易和投資機會。

3月25和26日,部長在香港向商界領袖推動加拿大投資機會,與中國貿易專家一起參加圓桌討論會,並會見商務及經濟發展局局長。加拿大與香港有強大的人際聯係和穩固的商業關係,香港是一個通往中國大陸的主要城市,在亞太地區扮演重要的貿易和投資角色。

加拿大繼續加強在整個亞太地區的參與。新簽署的CPTPP以及與東盟國家的積極合作及貿易對話有助增進加拿大與亞太地區的貿易和投資,而貿易與投資的增加能為更多加拿大人提供多元化的市場機遇,從而為中產階級創造更多就業機會。

摘引

“作為一個太平洋國家,加拿大從未有過更好的時機實現貿易和投資的多元化和市場擴展,為加拿大人創造了良好的中產階級工作機會,為加拿大企業在充滿活力的亞太地區打開市場大門。”

- 弗朗索瓦-菲力普尚巴涅François-Philippe Champagne),加拿大國際貿易部長

要聞速覽

  • 在東盟國家中,新加坡是加拿大最大的外國直接投資來源國,2016年的投資額為1.94億加元。
  • 東盟成員國包括印度尼西亞,馬來西亞,菲律賓,新加坡,泰國,文萊,越南,緬甸,老撾和柬埔寨。
  • 東盟作為一個區域組織並列為加拿大的第六大貿易夥伴。
  • 2017年,加拿大與東盟國家的雙邊商品貿易額為233億加元,2016年雙邊服務貿易額達到45億加元。
  • 2017年加拿大與香港的雙邊商品貿易額為26億加元。香港是加拿大第三大(單一經濟體)服務貿易夥伴,2016年雙邊服務貿易額為61億加元。
  • 2018年3月8日,加拿大和其他10個國家(包括東盟4個成員國)在智利聖地亞哥簽署了跨太平洋夥伴全面進步協定(CPTPP)。

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