Canada’s Mary Ng meets Yoko Kamikawa, Japan’s Foreign Affairs Min, discusses Canada’s priorities

Mary Ng. Image credit: Twitter/Mary Ng

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Toronto/CMEDIA: On the margins of the second G7 Trade and Investment Ministers’ meeting in Osaka, Japan, Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development spoke and congratulated Oct 27 Yoko Kamikawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on his successful G7 Presidency.

The strong bilateral relationship between the two countries was highlighted by Minister Ng during the meeting, underscoring Canada’s growing partnership with Japan in trade, investment, and innovation. 

Aiming to enhance economic and energy security between both countriesMinister Ng also highlighted the successes of Minister Nishimura’s recent visit to Canada,including the signing of Memorandums of Cooperation on Battery Supply Chains and Industrial Science and Technology research and development.

Strongly supporting rules-based international order, both ministers discussed efforts to support an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core. 

Besides emphasizing the importance of continued engagement under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Minister Ng also discussed Canada’s priorities as the 2024 CPTPP Commission Chair.

Looking forward to the start of the Team Canada Trade Mission to Japan in the coming days with significant Canadian business delegation from a wide array of sectors, Minister Ng highlighted Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, the Trade Mission will create trade and investment opportunities for both countries in the areas of clean technologies, agriculture and processed foods, information communications technologies, creative industries and many others.

Discussing the importance of inclusive economic growth, the 2 ministers recognized the importance of women’s economic empowerment. 

Minister Ng reiterated that enhancing relations with Japan as a like minded partner in the Indo-Pacific would be Canada’s priority and both ministers discussed ways to further advance Canada, and Japan’s shared interests in the region and globally.