Prime Minister to Travel to Singapore and Papua New Guinea

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Singapore and Papua New Guinea from November 13 to 18 to meet with partners in the Asia Pacific region to continue to expand and diversify Canada’s trade and attract global investment. In Singapore, the Prime Minister will attend events on the margins of the ASEAN summit, meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob of Singapore. Then, the Prime Minister will be in Papua New Guinea for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, where he will promote Canada as a partner for trade and investment. Both ASEAN and APEC are important partners for Canada’s presence in the Asia Pacific. As a group, ASEAN ranks as Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner and Singapore is part of the newly ratified Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). In 2017, APEC partners accounted for nearly 84 per cent of Canada’s merchandise trade and they accounted for C$481 billion of foreign direct investment.

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