Cereals Canada welcomes the signing of the CPTPP and calls for ratification of the agreement. CPTPP promises new opportunities for Canadian agriculture through the advancement of an ambitious and progressive trade environment.
Winnipeg, March 8, 2018 – Cereals Canada applauds the Government of Canada for signing the final text of the historic Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and urges swift movement to ratify the deal. We thank Ministers Francois-Phillipe Champagne and Lawrence MacAulay for their leadership in advancing this deal.
The CPTPP is a high priority for Canadian farmers and exporters who are facing an increasingly challenging and volatile global trading environment.
Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada stated, “the CPTPP agreement will improve access and trading conditions between Canada and key partners such as Japan. The agreement’s benefits and influence are also expected to grow as potential new entrants such as Indonesia seek to join.” He added, “this agreement demonstrates how like-minded partners across the Asia-Pacific region can continue to work together to promote the benefits of trade.”
Once the agreement enters into force, Canada will gain new opportunities for diversification and growth through reduced tariffs and stronger science-based trading rules. Dahl noted, “Canada’s leadership in advancing this agreement will enable a stronger trading environment for Canadian farmers and exporters.”
Domestic ratification is the next step towards enabling the agreement’s entry into force and ultimately unlocking the agreement’s benefits.
“To maintain momentum and support the CPTPP, Canada needs to be a ‘first mover’ as one of the first six countries ratifying the agreement,” Dahl says. “Cereals Canada calls on the Government of Canada to introduce ratification legislation before Parliament recesses for summer.”
Cereals Canada brings together a broad and diverse collaboration of partners from all sectors of the cereals value chain. Our goal is to enhance the domestic and international competitiveness of Canadian cereals for the benefit of all parts of the industry.
For more information, please contact:
Brenna Mahoney, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations