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Canadian PM will visit Brazil, Colombia and Central America

Saturday, August 6th 2011 - 08:41 UTC
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PM Harper: the Americas remain a key region of increasing economic prosperity PM Harper: the Americas remain a key region of increasing economic prosperity

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Honduras from August 8 to 12 to promote trade and investments, reinforce democratic governance and advance common security, according to a release from the PM’s office.

PM Harper will be accompanied by: Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird; Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast; and Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), Diane Ablonczy. Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Rona Ambrose, will accompany Harper during his visit to Brazil.

“Our government has focused on expanding and enhancing market access to create jobs, economic growth and opportunities for Canadians. The Americas remain a key region of increasing economic prosperity and entrepreneurialism,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Over the next few days, we will continue to further strengthen our economic ties, collaborate on shared areas of security and highlight our many successes to date in this important region”.

During PM Harper’s third visit to Latin America in July 2007, he announced the Government’s strategy “Canada’s Engagement in the Americas”, focused on democratic governance, economic prosperity and security. In the region, our government has concluded several open skies and free trade agreements.

Harper will begin with his first official visit to Brazil on August 8 and 9, where he will meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the Governor of São Paulo State, Geraldo Alckmin. As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Brazil is a major global economic player and a key commercial partner for Canada.

On August 10, Prime Minister Harper will arrive to Colombia and meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. The two countries have longstanding relations which have been strengthened by the signing of a free trade agreement.

On August 11, PM Harper will visit Costa Rica where he will meet with President Laura Chinchilla. Costa Rica is Canada’s largest trading partner in Central America and is a partner in many areas, including security and human rights.

The Canadian PM will conclude his trip in Honduras on August 12, where he will meet with President Porfirio Lobo and become the first leader to visit Honduras since its re-admission to the Organization of American States (OAS) in June of this year.


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  • briton

    you wanna start taking bets,

    no he will not visit argentina,
    but brazil he will.
    the growing giant of the south,
    south america is fast becoming the world bread basket,
    only they dont yet know it, if indeed they ever will.
    yes the mighty will grow, with powerfull and rich investers

    and good luck to them,
    we had it all once, untill it was cheaper to take it away and give it to others, pay south america pennies, and walk away with millions of profit, so go on brazil enjoy the attention whilst it is there,
    and watch argentina sqerrrrrm, lol.

    Aug 06th, 2011 - 11:34 am 0
  • Forgetit86

    There we have it, another 1st Worlder trying to shure up his country's economy at the expense of Latin America. I don't even know how governments still welcome people who want nothing but a unilateral agreement to support its own exporters.

    Aug 06th, 2011 - 03:45 pm 0
  • Fido Dido

    Who Briton a 1st worlder? Forget, please, visit the UK and the reality shows you it's nothing more than an outdated dump full with blowhards on welfare. That's the reality in the UK, not what you see on TV with their old pictures or tv shows.
    Forget, it's okay, it's always good to talk to them, but soon or later nations in the north will find out that's not so easy to do business in the south. Probably they don't know that yet, and even if they do, they will try, but you folks know the game, include the governments. It is true they trying hard to export themself out of this mess, but the good news is, the tarrifs will make it very hard for them, so a jointventure is in the picture what benefits Brazilian companies. Everybody knows that the whole free trade (bogus) is done.

    Aug 06th, 2011 - 06:39 pm 0
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