Christopher Katsarov The Canadian Press Mr. Trudeau will likely try to take advantage of the summit to promote Canada as a destination of choice for what his cabinet has called “responsible and sustainable investments capable of consolidating our supply chain”.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the U.S. capital on Friday to represent Canada at the Economic Prosperity Partnership of the Americas Leaders' Summit.
The White House meeting, hosted by President Joe Biden, marks the first official gathering of the 12 Hemispheric Trade Framework partner countries.
The partnership, known as the IPO, marks the first steps of a north-south trade corridor intended to foster economic growth and strengthen supply chains.
The White House hopes that greater stability in South America and the Caribbean will help reduce pressure from irregular migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In addition to United States and Canada, Mexico, Chile, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic are part of this framework.
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It is not certain that MM. Biden and Trudeau will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face on the sidelines of this half-day summit.
Mr. Trudeau will likely seek to seize the opportunity to promote Canada as a destination of choice for what the Prime Minister's Office called “responsible and sustainable investments that strengthen our supply chain.”
“Now could not be a better time to work together to build a prosperous, strong and resilient future for our hemisphere,” Mr. Trudeau said in a statement.
“I am looking forward to working with IPO leaders […] to drive progress on important issues such as sustainable economic growth, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and expanded trade and cooperation ties. investment in the region”, he also indicated.