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CETA negotiations finalized, text to be released in english and french

Published by Brad Fougere on September 26, 2014

The completion of Canada's European trade negotiations were signaled today with the signing of a declaration marking the end of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Head of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council to his right

and José Manuel Barroso to his left and the CETA negotiation completion signing today in Ottawa.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) applauds this historic signing and encourages the government to ratify the finalized text quickly to accelerate the impact on Canadian firms that have been working on export preparations in the wake of the deal.

“This deal is going to open doors to an unlimited number of opportunities for those companies that have been working to find new markets for their products and services,” said CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. “Our recent survey indicates that European markets are of high interest to our member companies and we look forward to working with those companies and all Canadian companies who wish to capitalize on this momentous deal and become global businesses.”

CME President and CEO Jayson Myers with negotiators Philippe Dupuis (EU),

Steve Verheul and Ana Renart (Canada)

The deal will set an unprecedented standard for opening opportunities for Canadian firms to not only develop international sales inside of the European Union, but through partnerships with European firms.

“Technology partnership opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and exporters are a key benefit that export ready companies can count on upon ratification,” Myers said. “The opportunity to not only enter the European market, but to work with European firms to gain a foothold in Asian markets, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East through EU supply chains is tremendous.

CME has developed the Enterprise Canada Network (ECN) in partnership with Export Development Canada, to connect Canadian businesses to qualified international business and technology opportunities and to support their efforts to go global.

For more information on ECN visit www.enterprisecanadanetwork.ca.

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