The Philippines and Canada are on the cusp of embarking on a new level of relations as Canada is prepared to share its resources and technology with the Philippines, anchored on one of the closest people-to-people relations Canada has with any other country in the world.
This was the assessment of Canada’s Minister for International Trade Edward B. Fast during a call recently by Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa.
The good relationship between the Philippines and Canada translates into a very robust trade relationship, and Minister Fast and Ambassador Gatan both agreed that a lot more can be done.
Ambassador Gatan and Minister Fast exchanged frank views on the positives, as well as the challenges, in broadening and deepening Philippines-Canada relations.
Minister Fast conveyed Canada’s interest in expanding trade relations in the Asia-Pacific region and expressed hope that the Philippines can signal its preparedness on furthering, expanding and enhancing bilateral commercial relations in areas such as mining, energy, tourism and agriculture.
Ambassador Gatan noted Canada’s impressive economic performance for the past two years and drew attention to the country’s consistent top ranking in many business surveys.
He also congratulated the minister for his accomplishments in the area of international trade and for his active campaign in promoting the growth of the Canadian economy and in highlighting the lead role of Canada in promoting global trade.