The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke today with Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands.
Minister Ng highlighted Canada’s commitment to further strengthening its ties with the Netherlands through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, underscoring the opportunities the agreement creates for people on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Ministers also discussed the importance of ongoing global cooperation and coordination in the COVID-19 response and of finding ways to advocate for workers’ rights and fight climate change, while protecting the health and safety of Canada’s and the Netherlands’ people.
They also spoke of the crucial role the WTO plays in keeping supply chains open so businesses and people in both regions can access the goods and services they rely on.
Throughout the conversation, the Ministers discussed the WTO Ottawa Group as a valuable platform to support businesses as they shift online in response to COVID-19, by helping entrepreneurs in health, financial technology, and clean technology harness the opportunities of the digital economy.