Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated virtually in a meeting of WTO ministers hosted by Australia to discuss ways to strengthen rules-based international trade.
Canada is working with its international partners to pave the way for an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient global recovery for Canadians and people around the world. Environmental sustainability is key to this recovery, which is why Minister Ng and her ministerial counterparts discussed the path forward on the negotiations to prohibit harmful fisheries subsidies and the need to work expeditiously to reach an agreement.
As chair of the Ottawa Group on WTO reform, Canada is leading efforts to modernize the WTO. Minister Ng highlighted the important work being done by the Ottawa Group, including addressing transparency, keeping agri-food markets open and predictable, intensifying work on e-commerce, and exploring options for an initiative on trade and health.
This meeting builds on Minister Ng’s participation yesterday in a virtual round table on the WTO E-commerce Joint Statement Initiative, co-hosted by Canada’s WTO Business Advisory Council co-chairs: the Business Council of Canada and Element AI.
Input and insights from businesses, including small businesses and under-represented entrepreneurs, remain invaluable as WTO members work on establishing rules for digital trade that will open up new opportunities for Canadians. Canada will continue its leadership in delivering on the June 2020 Ottawa Group Action Plan commitment to be transparent and work collaboratively with businesses.