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Minister of Foreign Affairs Alberto van Klaveren meets with Canadian Minister of International Trade and reaffirms commitment to sustainable and inclusive development

Tuesday, April 11th 2023

Foreign Affairs Minister, Alberto van Klaveren, together with the Undersecretary of International Economic Relations, Claudia Sanhueza, held a meeting with Canada's Minister of International Trade, Mary Ng, who is on a trade mission focused on Clean tech in Chile.

At the meeting, the authorities discussed the fruitful bilateral relationship, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2021, and signed a joint statement where they highlighted the broad agreement in the productive field, focused on ensuring an increase in trade with a progressive, sustainable and inclusive focus that generates more and better jobs and welfare for our societies.

The countries agreed to continue working on new areas of cooperation, such as digital trade facilitation. Canada's interest in joining the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) was also welcomed.

In turn, Chile and Canada highlighted the interest to continue working collaboratively in the margin of the Ottawa Group, to promote the reform and modernisation of the WTO.

It is worth noting that, since the signing of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement, our bilateral trade in goods has quadrupled to more than $3.0 billion Canadian dollars by 2022. Canada also positioned itself as the number one foreign investor in Chile.

Read the Joint Declaration here.