Minister Ng establishes Canada-Vietnam Joint Economic Committee

January 10, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

To drive a strong, sustainable, and inclusive economic recovery, the Government of Canada is committed to strengthening the country’s international trade ties with fast-growing markets, such as Vietnam’s.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, and Nguyễn Hồng Diên, Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade, witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Canada and Vietnam to establish a joint economic committee (JEC).

Vietnam is an important global trading partner to Canada and a vital economic player in the Indo-Pacific. By establishing the JEC, the Government of Canada is advancing trade diversification in the region, building on the success of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and collaboration through Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as advancing free trade negotiations between Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Vietnam is a member. 

The MOU will provide a platform to improve dialogue and collaboration on shared and emerging priorities with Vietnam, Canada’s largest ASEAN trading partner. Not only will the MOU contribute to deepening the Canada-Vietnam bilateral relationship, it will enhance Canada’s presence in the Indo-Pacific and create opportunities for businesses to scale up and grow internationally. 

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