NEW ERA FOR CANADA-KOREA RELATIONS FOLLOWING CKFTA TRADE MISSION
SEOUL, KOREA – The Honourable Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and Co-Chair of Canada Korea Inter-Parliamentary Group, and Parliamentary Secretaries Chungsen Leung and Peter Braid, along with more than 100 Canadian delegates visited Korea from February 8-13 on a multi-sector Trade Mission led by the Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. Canada's new Ambassador to Korea, His Excellency Eric Walsh (presented his credentials on February 11th at the Blue House), but took part in the entire program; and Canada's chief negotiator of the CKFTA, Ian Burney, joined the delegation for the Seoul portion of the mission, and had productive meetings with his counterparts.
The 5-day trade mission to Seoul and Busan highlighted the strengthened relationship between Canada and Korea through enhanced opportunities in bilateral trade and investment since the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) came into force on January 1, 2015. The itinerary included a number of targeted and general opportunities for delegates to interact with their Korean counterparts. The robust itinerary underscores the benefits for producers, exporters and consumers through removal of tariffs in multiple sectors including industrial goods, agricultural and agri-food, fish and seafood, and forestry and value-added wood products.