Canada & Australia Establish Ministers’ Forum To Promote Closer Ties

Canada and Australia have established a regular forum for Ministers to enhance economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and increase diplomatic ties for future trade and foreign policy arrangements.

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Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Justin Trudeau meet at the APECS summit (photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Written by James Skinner
James is the Founder & Chief Executive of CANZUK International in Toronto, Canada


This week, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, held the first meeting of the Canada-Australia Trade Ministers Dialogue with Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Dan Tehan.

The establishment of the regular Trade Ministers Dialogue will provide a platform for the two Ministers to discuss shared priorities and deepen the Canada-Australia bilateral relationship.

Discussions in the first meeting focused on clean energy, business supports, supply chains and long-term economic recovery between the two nations, with both Ministers Ng and Tehan expressing their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation on shared trade and economic priorities.

It is expected that future meetings between the two countries will also advance diplomatic relations via the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and organizations such as the WTO and APEC.

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The establishment of the regular Ministers’ meeting comes shortly after Canada set its sights on commencing trade negotiations with the UK in the coming months, and the UK APPG for CANZUK will begin discussions with senior MPs about mutual skills recognition between the four countries.

The full press release by Global Affairs Canada can be found here.

CANZUK International is pleased with the establishment of the new Canada-Australia Trade Ministers Dialogue and will continue to promote free movement and trade with all CANZUK countries as part of future discussions.

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