Canada, Ag Groups Still Show Leadership on Trade

By July 21, 2007Trade

Canada’s prime minister concludes his tour of Latin America and the Caribbean with more affirmations of Canada’s intent to pursue free-trade agreements. July 19th, Bridgetown, Barbados:

In a speech to Caribbean government and business leaders today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the launch of free trade negotiations between Canada and the nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Prime Minister further bolstered his free trade message by expressing support for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy initiative, calling it the “indispensable foundation on which to build national and regional endeavours which can lead to fair and sustainable growth and prosperity.”

Harper notes that 2007 marks the centennial of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Barbados, which will be commemorated next January with a conference by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association.

Meanwhile, in the United States, a news release dated July 19th:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Agriculture Coalition for Latin American Trade, which includes the National Pork Producers Council and 41 other food and agricultural organizations, today sent a letter to Congress urging passage of the Peru and Colombia Trade Promotion Agreements, which will give U.S. producers reciprocal market access.

Most products from Peru and Colombia, as well as Bolivia and Ecuador, won continued duty-free access into the United States when Congress in June overwhelmingly extended the Andean Trade Preference Act.

If approved, the Peru and Colombia agreements will generate more 18,000 new jobs due to increased agricultural exports.

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