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Today, the government of Canada released a new trade plan that better reflects the needs of Canadian business abroad and provides tools to advance commercial interests for Canadian businesses around the world - especially in emerging markets.

A renewed focus on trade promotion and economic diplomacy will complement Canada’s trade policy agenda and help Canadian businesses continue to grow their footprint in established and key markets.

We are pleased this new trade plan was established in consultation with the business community. It is important that we continue to a direct dialogue to ensure Canadian businesses, and especially small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), are well informed of opportunities around the world.

I was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of International Trade and participated in the formulation of the report. The comprehensive report is entitled The Global Markets Action Plan: The Blueprint for Creating Jobs and Opportunities for Canadians through Trade. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will provide ongoing support for the government’s efforts to help Canadian companies enter and expand in new markets. A report with recommendations to ensure the effectiveness of the policies announced today will be launched in early 2014.

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