Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, on Wednesday, addressed a joint meeting of the Canada Arab Business Council (CABC) and the Council of Arab League Ambassadors in Ottawa.
Minister Ng reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to increasing trade and investment with the MENA region and recognized the CABC’s work to help strengthen trade and investment ties between Canada and the MENA countries for the last 39 years.
Expanding trade and investment with countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a priority for Canada, and it is crucial to global post-pandemic economic recovery efforts, read a news release.
Under the theme, The Future in Mind, the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai showcases Canadian innovation while promoting Canada to millions of visitors as an ideal place to live, work, study, and do business. Minister Ng noted that she is looking forward to visiting the region in the future to further support our economic recovery by highlighting Canadian expertise and investment opportunities.
“The Canada Arab Business Council and the Council of Arab League Ambassadors have been great partners and instrumental in fostering trade and investment in the MENA region. I look forward to continuing my work with them to strengthen our economic partnership and people-to-people ties,” said Minister Mary Ng.
“There has never been a more important time to build upon the vibrant trade and investment relationships that exist between Canada and our good friends in the Arab world. As our countries look to new business opportunities, collaborative relationships, and emerging technologies, we find that of much of what we offer each other can be fulfilled within the solid foundation of cooperation that exists. Bringing Minister Ng together with the senior representatives of the Arab missions yesterday, to discuss the ways and means of building upon our relationships, is a welcomed and important step toward accomplishing these goals, especially as we look forward to re-enforcing international supply chains when the pandemic subsides,” Scott Jolliffe, Chair of the Canada Arab Business Council, said.