June 9, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Reinforcing international trade policies that promote growth and prosperity for all businesses, communities, and economies will be key to ensuring an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated in a public panel discussion hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to discuss the benefits of the Global Trade and Gender Arrangement (GTAGA) between Canada, Chile, and New Zealand.
Signed on August 4, 2020, and open to other countries seeking to join, the GTAGA is increasing women’s participation in trade and contributing to broadening efforts to improve women’s economic empowerment. The arrangement highlights Canada’s long-standing commitment to gender equality and recognizes the importance of mutually supportive trade and gender policies.
During the discussion with her GTAGA counterparts from Chile and New Zealand, Minister Ng raised the importance of building knowledge and understanding on the issues, barriers and challenges faced by women in trade. She highlighted how the arrangement, with its wide range of co-operation activities, allows for innovative and responsive tools to create and advance opportunities for women exporters.
As chair of the Ottawa Group on WTO reform, she highlighted the GTAGA’s potential to bring countries together at the WTO to put more inclusive trade policies into practice and ensure everyone benefits from international trade and investment.