Minister Ng leads virtual trade mission to Singapore
Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, last week gave opening remarks for a week-long virtual trade mission to Singapore on e-commerce, hosted by Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with Enterprise Singapore and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
In her remarks, Minister Ng highlighted the importance of supporting Canadian companies as they start-up, scale-up, and access new global markets, including companies that have already taken advantage of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)—ratified by both Singapore and Canada—which gives businesses in both countries preferential access to dynamic markets around the world.
With a vibrant domestic market, and as key transportation, shipping, and banking hub serving as a gateway to Asia, Singapore is an attractive destination and springboard for Canadian exporters.
The mission brought together over 600 Canadian small business representatives and entrepreneurs interested in e-commerce to explore emerging opportunities in Singapore’s growing market. They attended a seminar on doing business in Singapore with special consideration to its e-commerce ecosystem and were able to interact and have one-on-one meetings with 20 key Singapore e-commerce leaders. Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) also provided information to Canadian businesses looking to expand into global markets.
Minister Ng also announced the soon-to-be launched ShopAtCanada portal, a one-stop-shop for prospective customers to buy made-in-Canada products. The website will have a dedicated content page for each participating company and links to their own websites. The platform provides Canadian companies with an additional way to promote their products in Singapore and engage in consumer sales.