The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, recently concluded a week-long trip to Japan and South Korea on a trade mission.
There he met with the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Ken Saito, and the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Mr. Katsunobu Kato, to highlight Canada and Japan's longstanding and collaborative trade relationship, and to reaffirm its importance in the context of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which was officially signed last 8 March in Santiago, Chile.
The CPTPP intends to provide enhanced market access to key Asian markets, including Japan. This landmark agreement will give the Canadian agricultural industry preferential access to all CPTPP countries and will provide new market access opportunities for a wide range of Canadian products, including meat, grains, pulses, maple syrup, wines and spirits, seafood and agri-food.
The Minister also attended FOODEX Japan 2018, an Asian professional trade show for food and beverages which hosted over 80,000 buyers from a variety of businesses including food services, distribution and trading. Minister MacAulay used the opportunity to promote Canada's world-class agricultural products and highlight trade opportunities.
Minister MacAulay, along with a delegation of Canadian industry stakeholders, met with representatives from Costco Japan. The Minister discussed the success of Canada's high-quality pork exports and congratulated Costco on their decision to exclusively import Canadian pork at all of their Japanese stores.
In South Korea, Minister MacAulay met with government officials, as well as representatives from a range of domestic industry groups. This included retailer Lotte Mart, an East-Asian superstore operating 122 branches in the country, and the Korean Meat Importers Association, which operates closely with the South Korean government to facilitate trade. The Minister underlined Canada's role as a world leader in meat exports, and encouraged further increases in trade volume between our two countries.
"Canada is building strong markets in Asia for our agricultural products, which will benefit our farmers and food processors, and help grow the middle-class at home and abroad. There are great opportunities available through shared markets that will help us strengthen our agriculture and food trade relationship, and provide consumers with more of our high-quality, innovative foods and beverages."- The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Increasing trade and investment with our partners in the Asia-Pacific is essential if we are to create long-term prosperity and well-paying middle class jobs. With the recent signing of the CPTPP, Canadian companies will have preferential market access to Japan and other CPTPP markets on a wide range of Canadian-made products." - The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade
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