Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will visit Canada from the 6th to 8th of March, 2023. The visit will include Ottawa, Ontario, and Kingston. During her visit, President von der Leyen and Prime Minister Trudeau will continue to strengthen the transatlantic relations between Canada and the European Union (EU) and make progress on shared priorities.
One of their shared priorities is advancing clean energy and clean technologies, and they will continue to work together towards achieving this goal. They will also collaborate on creating good middle-class jobs and driving economic growth that benefits everyone, most notably through the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).
Another key topic of discussion will be the ongoing solidarity and support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion. The leaders will collaborate on ways to promote peace and security, democracy, and human rights while upholding the rule of law. They will also promote women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world.
On March 7, the leaders will travel to Kingston to hold a bilateral meeting and discuss trade and investment, cooperation under CETA, and their shared commitment to fighting climate change. They will visit the Canadian Forces Base to meet with Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have deployed to Central and Eastern Europe as part of Operation REASSURANCE to support humanitarian efforts for Ukrainian refugees through Task Force Poland.
Following their bilateral meeting, they will highlight their collaboration on critical minerals – the building blocks of the clean and digital economy – and Canada’s potential to be a reliable supplier in a net-zero economy. They will visit an innovative Canadian clean technology company.
After the visit to Kingston, President von der Leyen, as the first woman President of the EU Commission, will address Parliament in the House of Commons to highlight the unique ties between Canada and the EU and mark International Women’s Day on March 8. Finally, Prime Minister Trudeau will host a reception for Canadian and European businesses and industry leaders to encourage them to take advantage of the investment conditions created by CETA and contribute to strengthening transatlantic supply chains.
The visit of President von der Leyen to Canada is a significant step towards strengthening the relationship between Canada and the EU. The leaders will discuss important issues such as clean energy, creating good jobs, promoting peace and security, and women’s empowerment. The visit will also highlight Canada’s potential to be a reliable supplier in a net-zero economy and encourage businesses and industry leaders to take advantage of the investment conditions created by CETA.
Exploring the Benefits of the CETA BUSINESS NETWORK
Creating stronger trade relations between Europe and Canada is essential to promote economic growth and job creation, particularly in a post-pandemic world. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) is an important agreement that can help to achieve this goal. CETA is a free trade agreement that aims to eliminate tariffs and other barriers to trade and investment between Canada and the EU. It is one of the most comprehensive trade agreements ever negotiated by Canada, covering a wide range of sectors, including goods, services, and investment.
One of the key benefits of CETA is that it provides Canadian businesses with preferential access to the EU’s market of over 500 million consumers. The EU is Canada’s second-largest trading partner, with bilateral trade between the two regions exceeding CAD 118 billion in 2020. The agreement has already delivered significant benefits for Canadian businesses, particularly in the agriculture and seafood sectors, where exports to the EU have increased significantly since CETA entered into force in 2017.
To further support Canadian and EU businesses in taking advantage of the opportunities created, the CETA Business Network platform was created. The CETA Business Network is a private online platform that connects Canadian and EU businesses and provides them with information, tools and resources to help them trade with each other. The platform also provides matchmaking services to help Canadian and EU businesses find new partners and opportunities.
The Ceta Business Network is an important resource for companies looking to expand their export markets and reach new customers in the EU and Canada. By providing access to information, tools and resources, the platform helps businesses overcome some of the barriers to trade they may face, such as language and cultural differences. The platform also helps businesses promote their activities by providing IT tools to present and manage their business,
The second edition of the CETA BUSINESS FORUM 2023 is being prepared.
This is exciting news for companies and professionals interested in improving trade, industry, technology and educational relations between Europe and Canada. The first edition of the event, which took place in June 2022 in an online format, was a great success with over 50 speakers, 30 partners and 15 speeches.
The CETA Business Forum is an important annual event for businesses and professionals to strengthen their trade relations and explore opportunities for collaboration between Europe and Canada. The forum provides a unique opportunity to connect with key decision-makers, share best practices, and gain insights into the latest trends and developments in various industries.
The second edition of the CETA BUSINESS FORUM 2023 will take place by the end of the year 2023, and the organizers are currently looking for partners interested in co-organizing the event in person. This presents an excellent opportunity for businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services, network with potential clients and partners, and explore new business opportunities.
The second edition of the CETA BUSINESS FORUM 2023 presents a significant opportunity for businesses and professionals to strengthen their trade relations between Europe and Canada. With the support of the CETA Business Network, companies can leverage the benefits of CETA and explore new opportunities for collaboration and growth.