Exploratory discussions for a possible Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement

On September 8th, 2017, Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states announced the launch of exploratory discussions for a possible Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA). The discussions serve as an opportunity for Canada and ASEAN to exchange information about each other’s typical approach to FTA negotiations and respective domestic regulatory regimes, and to explore the elements of a possible Canada-ASEAN FTA. The first set of face-to-face exploratory discussions took place July 11-12, 2018, in Singapore. A second set of exploratory discussions was held on April 7-8, 2019, in Vientiane, Laos.

The Government of Canada aims to expand trade and investment with large, fast-growing markets, including ASEAN. Together, ASEAN member states represent the sixth largest economy in the world, and Canada’s sixth largest trading partner.

From September 1 to October 16, 2018, the Government conducted public consultations to seek the views of Canadians on a possible FTA with ASEAN. A summary of these consultations was published in February 2019. The Government is committed to continuing to engage Canadians on a possible FTA with ASEAN and welcome your views.

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We continue to welcome your views and invite you to send your comments regarding a possible Canada-ASEAN FTA at any time via email:

Trade Policy and Negotiations - Asia (TCA)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-5119

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