(OTTAWA) – March 8, 2019 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is taking a delegation of Canadian businesses to next week’s B20 meeting in Japan, where they will also meet with Japanese business leaders and government officials to discuss economic and trade issues.
As Canada’s representative to the B20, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the business community’s primary voice at what is one of the world’s top business forums. In this capacity, the Canadian Chamber will contribute to the recommendations advanced by the B20 to the G20 leaders for their meeting in June.
At this year’s B20 Summit, the Chamber will advance several key priorities for Canadian businesses, including promoting a better digital trade and e-commerce environment, tackling unfair industrial subsidies, and reforming the World Trade Organization.
“The Canadian economy is headed for turbulent waters, which means we need to seize every opportunity to help Canadian businesses to grow and thrive, and for our economy to prosper,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C., President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
“The B20 provides a platform for the country’s business community to press for policies that will help open up new markets at home and abroad, to create jobs and prosperity in communities across the country,” said Beatty.
The Canadian Chamber will lead a delegation of seven Canadian business leaders from different sectors of our economy, from financial services and technology, to agriculture.
In addition to attending the B20 Summit, the Canadian Chamber and its delegation will undertake bilateral meetings with representatives of the Japanese government and business community, as well as with the Embassy of Canada to Japan. In these discussions, the Chamber will raise bilateral trade issues and advance the ability of Canadian and Japanese businesses take advantage of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Canadian Chamber will also use this visit to lay the groundwork for the next meeting of the Japan-Canada Chambers Council. The Japan-Canada Chambers Council is a Canadian Chamber bilateral initiative to drive greater trade between the businesses in each other’s membership.
“The Japan-Canada Chambers Council can help Canadian businesses discover opportunities in the Japanese market, our fourth-largest export market and a vital trade hub for Canadian businesses’ trade diversification efforts,” said Beatty.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
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Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Chamber of Commerce