October 22, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced she will meet with Aloysio Nunes, Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the third Canada-Brazil Strategic Partnership Dialogue (SPD) in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 23, 2018.
The Canada-Brazil SPD is a minister-level forum focused on strengthening and expanding political, economic and social cooperation and collaboration between Canada and Brazil. It also allows for a high-level discussion on regional and global issues.
The third Canada-Brazil SPD will focus on a number of bilateral, regional and global issues, including rules-based trade, the environment and climate change, human rights, mobility, and the regional migration crisis posed by Venezuela and the situation in Nicaragua.
“Canada and Brazil enjoy a strong relationship. We work closely together such as in the G20, at the World Trade Organization, through the Organization of American States and in the Lima Group. Tomorrow’s dialogue is an important way to maintain our strong relationship, and I am pleased that I will be able to welcome and host foreign minister Nunes in Ottawa.”
– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
A number of high-level government-to-government mechanisms support the Canada-Brazil relationship including a Joint Economic Trade Council; a Consultative Committee on Agriculture; a Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation; and political-military talks.
Canada and Brazil previously held the SPD in 2012 and 2013.
Canada’s trade and investment relationship with Brazil has seen steady growth in recent years. The value of bilateral trade amounted to $6.4 billion in 2017.
Canada and Brazil have an agreement for cooperation on science, technology and innovation, which serves as a framework for Canadian and Brazilian partners from industry, academia and government to collaborate on joint research and development projects, scientific conferences and workshops, exchanges and loans of equipment and materials; it also enhances student and researcher mobility.
Canada is the world’s top destination for Brazilians pursuing studies in English as a second language, and Brazil is Canada’s seventh-largest source of international students.