Image: Summit of the Americas. Image credit: Twitter handle of Justin Trudeau
Los Angeles/CMEDIA: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden and hold a news conference with Gov. Gavin Newsom on Day 2 at the Summit of the Americas.
He’s also meeting with the president of Argentina before sitting down with Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company.
On Wednesday, Trudeau spoke with Latin American and Caribbean leaders about helping their countries achieve their sustainable development goals.
Today’s focus might be to put Canada’s own needs on the table, Goldy Hyder, president, and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, reportedly said and added that Ottawa should be more assertive with the U.S. on bilateral issues.
Hyder also said with the changing supply chains in real-time due to the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada should concentrate on building a partnership in both public and private sectors, addressing climate change and supply chain integrity.
Trudeau’s focus on Wednesday was on the ever-present challenges facing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, that manifest in the U.S. and Canada in the form of economic constraints and migratory pressure.
Describing the crisis in her country as a “triple crisis”, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said the lasting economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, soaring fuel and food costs by the war in Ukraine, and climate impacts are felt most acutely in tiny island nations like hers.
Later Mottley and Trudeau participated in a roundtable discussion with leaders from Chile, Belize, Ecuador, and Jamaica, and heard concerns about financial institutions that could be doing more to support growth in the developing world.
Another problem raised was confronting the hemisphere, namely the constant migration of would-be refugees who are making their way to the Mexico-U.S. border.
After the first of her two scheduled meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, who was also present said that we should explore ways to create opportunities for the refugees by giving access to services, to good education for their children, and good health care.
Biden unveiled in the summit’s opening ceremony a new hemispheric partnership with regional powers like Japan, India, and South Korea to counter the growing influence of China is aimed at driving economic growth across the region and is similar to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
In this summit, Canada is concentrating on urgent action to confront climate change, another key factor in fuelling out-migration, and looking for funding initiatives to help countries in the region, and advancing gender equality, and foster economic and democratic growth.
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