Justin Trudeau recognizes how important it is to cooperate with other countries in trade and investment into our global community. Canada is not an island and we need to build relationships with other countries to spread commerce and kinship with a variety of countries to a point of mutual benefit.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Widodo discussed the growing relationship between Canada and Indonesia. The leaders agreed to take further steps towards negotiating a Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and recognized the opportunity to realize untapped trade, jobs, and investment potential for the benefit of both Canadians and Indonesians.
The two leaders also discussed the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing efforts to ensure equitable and efficient access to vaccines, including through the COVAX Facility.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Widodo spoke about regional issues. Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed the leadership of both Indonesia and ASEAN in seeking a resolution to the crisis in Myanmar and offered Canada’s support for these efforts. The Prime Minister noted Canada’s engagement in pressing for a return to democracy and addressing the humanitarian situation, in particular the plight of the Rohingya. Prime Minister Trudeau expressed Canada’s interest in developing closer ties with ASEAN, including through a Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement.
The Prime Minister and the President discussed shared priorities for the G20, including during Indonesia’s upcoming presidency in 2022.
Statement by the Prime Minister on Africa Day
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Africa Day:
“Today, we join the African Union in celebrating Africa Day. We also commit to continue working to deepen our relationships with the dynamic and diverse countries of Africa.
“Africa Day marks the anniversary of the creation of the Organization of African Unity, which was succeeded by the African Union in 2002. This day is an opportunity to recognize the progress made throughout the continent, and the role of the African Union in promoting peace and security, economic development, and global cooperation.
“During my visit to Ethiopia and Senegal last year, we further strengthened Canada’s partnerships with countries across the continent and committed to creating economic growth, increasing trade and investment, promoting democracy, advancing gender equality, and fighting climate change. Last week, I announced additional support for hard-hit African economies as part of Canada’s continued commitment to growth and opportunity in Africa.
“Canada and African countries will continue to work together to find solutions to the global challenges of today and prepare for the ones of tomorrow. We cannot defeat COVID-19 unless all countries have the resources to respond to, and recover from, this crisis. The Government of Canada will keep working with international partners to support an equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, and a strong global economic recovery that benefits everyone, including by recognizing the specific needs of African countries.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish everyone celebrating a happy Africa Day. By working together, we can overcome current and future challenges, and build a better, fairer, and more prosperous future.”
- Canada-Indonesia Relations
- Consulting Canadians on a possible comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Indonesia
- Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
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