Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy will open the doors for Canadian farmers, processors and value added exporters.
Winnipeg, October 5, 2015 — Cereals Canada welcomes the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that will open the doors to 40 percent of the world’s economic activity.
“The countries in the TPP represent an enormous opportunity for export growth for Canada,” noted Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada. “Many of the countries in the TPP are growing rapidly in income and population. Being part of this agreement means that Canadian farmers and companies will be at the front of the line to meet this surging demand”.
“It is also important to recognize the cost of being left outside of the TPP,” continued Dahl. “Consider the markets we may have lost if our competitors in the U.S. and Australia gained preferential access to countries like Japan and Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Chile. Canada’s TPP participation means we will not be shut out of critical agricultural markets. Canada simply could not have afforded to have been left out of this agreement”.
Cereals Canada would like to thank Minister Ritz (Agriculture and Agri-Food) and Minister Fast (International Trade) for their efforts on behalf of Canadian agriculture and the country as a whole. We would also like to thank our team of negotiators from the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development (DFAITD) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for the enormous work required to successfully complete this agreement.
Cereals Canada brings together a broad and diverse collaboration of partners from all sectors of the cereals value chain. Our goal is to enhance the domestic and international competitiveness of Canadian cereals for the benefit of all parts of the industry.
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Cam Dahl, President