The Global Affairs Canada organization includes individuals, businesses (including SMBs), industry associations, experts, consultants, academics, civil society organization, labour unions, governments, indigenous groups, students and youth and other interested Canadian stakeholders.
In late July, Global Affairs Canada started discussions whether South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”).
An announcement was published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1. Global Affairs Canada has has begun soliciting comments for whether these countries (and China) should join the CPTPP. The deadline for submissions is midnight, August 25, 2019.
The announcement asks for the following information:
1. Contributor’s name and address and, if applicable, the name of the contributor’s organization, institution or business;
2. The specific issues being addressed; and
3. Where possible, precise information on the rationale for the positions taken, including any significant impact it may have on Canada’s domestic or international interests.
Additionally, they would like feedback on specific markets that Canadians and businesses would support entry to the CPTPP.
The full text of the announcement and additional topics Global Affairs Canada would like feedback on can be found here:
UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May said she would like to establish a free trade deal with China. Prime Minister May is on a three-day visit to China for talks with Chinese leaders.
More updates to follow after her return to the UK.