Minister Paradis promotes Canada’s leadership and the importance of partnerships in the fight against global poverty
January 22, 2015 – Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Today, The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, at the annual general meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced Canada’s partnership with WEF in the Global Challenge on Food Security and Agriculture. As part of the partnership, Minister Paradis outlined Canada’s related commitment to support WEF’s newest regional platform Grow Asia, developed in partnership with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat.
Grow Asia aims to engage the private sector and identify opportunities for collaboration to increase food security and agricultural development in Asian countries.
“Canada recognizes that new and dynamic agriculture partnerships, such as Grow Asia, are critical to meeting our common goal of alleviating hunger and malnutrition, and building the foundations for sustained growth and prosperity,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada is proud to partner with the ASEAN countries to increase private sector investment in agricultural development as a vehicle for poverty alleviation and sustainable economic growth.”
“The Government of Canada is a recognized leader on global food security issues in the international community,” said Richard Samans, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum. “We are very pleased to welcome Canada as a partner in the Grow Asia Partnership as well as our broader Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture. Both will endeavour to advance progress through innovative partnerships.”
Canada, as part of its international assistance efforts, supports agricultural development in the priority countries for Grow Asia— Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
“As a Pacific nation, strengthening Canada’s ties with ASEAN is consistent with our continued efforts to support and engage the Asia-Pacific region and is a key part of Canada’s international priorities,” said Minister Paradis.
Strengthening economic ties with ASEAN and opening new markets for Canadian exporters is part of the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP).
- Canada is leading the implementation of AgResults, an innovative G-20 initiative that aims to stimulate private sector investment in agricultural research to deliver food security results in developing countries.
- Canada also provides funding to HarvestPlus, a global research program that works to reduce micronutrient malnutrition by breeding key crops (for example, potatoes, beans, rice, wheat, maize, cassava) to produce varieties with higher nutritional value.
- The ASEAN region is Canada’s seventh-largest trading partner. Canada is one of the top ten agri-food suppliers to ASEAN with exports growing from about $400 million in 2003 to $1.25 billion in 2013.
- On May 29, 2014, at the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach summit, Prime Minister Harper announced an additional commitment of $3.5 billion for the period of 2015–2020 for maternal, newborn and child health. At the summit, the Prime Minister set out a strategy to effectively reduce maternal and child deaths with an emphasis on strengthening health systems, improving nutrition, and reducing the burden of leading diseases, as well as a commitment to support Canadian partners’ important work in advancing this global priority.
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