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Overview of Canada's engagement with ASEAN such as trade, investment and international assistance.
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Official Government of Canada news releases, statements and truyền thông media advisories related vĩ đại the ASEAN.
The ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising 10 thành viên states. Established by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand in 1967, it was later joined by Brunei, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam.
The objectives of ASEAN are vĩ đại accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development; promote regional peace and stability, respect for justice and the rule of law; and increase collaboration across a range of economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific, and administrative spheres.
The ASEAN Secretariat, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, and led by a secretary-general, coordinates the work of ASEAN thành viên states and their associated bodies. The ASEAN Secretariat is also responsible for coordinating ASEAN’s relationship with external partners, including Canada.
Canada became an ASEAN dialogue partner in 1977 and is one of 11 partners with this designation. Dialogue partners cooperate with ASEAN on political and security issues, regional integration, economic interests, transnational crime and counterterrorism, disaster risk reduction and other areas.
On November 12, 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau participated in the ASEAN-Canada 45th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where ASEAN and Canada committed vĩ đại establish a Strategic Partnership. Establishing a Strategic Partnership recognizes Canada’s expanded presence and growing collaborative relationship with ASEAN, in alignment with Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and our mutual interests.
ASEAN is at the heart of Asia’s regional security architecture, and it represents one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions. In 2009, Canada appointed an ambassador vĩ đại ASEAN and adopted the Joint Declaration on the ASEAN-Canada Enhanced Partnership. In 2016, Canada opened its dedicated mission vĩ đại ASEAN and appointed its first dedicated ambassador vĩ đại ASEAN. Canada has diplomatic representation in all 10 ASEAN thành viên states.
The Canada-ASEAN Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment (2011) provides a platform for regular exchanges of information on opportunities and explores ways vĩ đại expand and promote trade and investment between Canada and ASEAN such as:
- Providing security assistance vĩ đại ASEAN thành viên states helping vĩ đại achieve ambitious integration goals, which contributes vĩ đại regional peace and security and promotes Canadian foreign policy objectives in Southeast Asia.
- ASEAN thành viên state economies, as a group, represent Canada’s fourth-largest merchandise trading partner (2021). In 2022, Canada-ASEAN merchandise trade reached $40.67 billion.
- More than 35,000 students from the ASEAN region currently study in Canada.
Trade and investment
Canada’s trade and investment in Southeast Asia is expanding quickly—not only in volume, but across many sectors, including oil and gas, mining, high tech, telecommunications, agri-food, financial services, aviation, and consumer goods. On November 16, 2021, Canada and ASEAN launched negotiations toward a Canada-ASEAN không tính phí trade agreement (FTA).
Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment
Canada and ASEAN are buổi tiệc ngọt vĩ đại the Canada-ASEAN Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment (JDTI) (2011), which provides a platform for Canada and ASEAN thành viên states vĩ đại exchange information on trade and investment opportunities and vĩ đại strengthen commercial engagement.
On November 17, 2021, Canada and the ASEAN thành viên states met virtually and welcomed the initial progress on the realization of cooperation activities under the 2021 vĩ đại 2025 Work Plan vĩ đại implement the ASEAN-Canada Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment. The meeting highlighted a number of areas, including the Canada-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Project on ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), a 5-year project providing technical tư vấn vĩ đại the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs vĩ đại implement the ASEAN Strategic Plan on SME Development 2021 vĩ đại 2025.
Negotiations toward a possible không tính phí trade agreement
On November 16, 2021, Canada and ASEAN agreed vĩ đại proceed with negotiations toward a Canada-ASEAN FTA. In order vĩ đại enhance our commercial relations and strengthen our presence in this fast-growing market, Canada is committed vĩ đại negotiating a comprehensive không tính phí trade agreement with ASEAN. This potential agreement would help create new market opportunities for Canadian goods and services, while supporting a more transparent and predictable environment for trade and investment.
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Canada and ASEAN have held four Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings at the Chief Negotiator level, in virtual format – in August 2022, November 2022, April 2023 and June 2023. Officials from Canada and ASEAN also held a Special TNC meeting, in hybrid format, in Bandung, Indonesia in February 2023. Negotiators will meet again in the fall.
Public consultations on a possible không tính phí trade agreement
From September 1 vĩ đại October 16, 2018, the Government of Canada conducted public consultations through the Canada Gazette vĩ đại seek the views of Canadians on a possible FTA with ASEAN. Comments were collected in a number of ways, including in writing, by e-mail, and through in-person meetings and teleconferences. While the official consultation period has closed, the Government of Canada remains committed vĩ đại hearing from Canadians on a possible FTA with ASEAN.
Support for Canadian businesses in the ASEAN region
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has offices in Canadian diplomatic missions in each of the 10 ASEAN thành viên states. This network of trade and investment promotion experts works in direct tư vấn of Canadian companies active in the region, providing advice and problem solving. In Southeast Asia, trade commissioners are active in many sectors, including:
- defence and security
- extractive industries
- information and communications technologies
- sustainable technologies
- clean technology
The Canada-ASEAN Business Council, based in Singapore, is an industry association focused on advocacy and on increasing private sector linkages among Canadian and ASEAN businesses.
- Together, ASEAN thành viên states have the third-largest population in the world at approximately 660 million-and growing.
- If ASEAN were one economy, it would be the fifth largest in the world with a combined GDP of US$3.3 trillion (2021).
- ASEAN is one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions, with an estimated real GDP growth rate of 5.6% for 2022 and 4.7% (projected) for 2023 (Asian Development Bank).
- As a group of countries, the 10 thành viên states of ASEAN represent Canada’s fourth-largest merchandise trading partner (2021).
- In 2022, Canada-ASEAN merchandise trade reached $40.7 billion.
Canada’s international assistance
Over the past five decades, ASEAN has achieved significant results in improving the lives of people in Southeast Asia. ASEAN has helped reduce the percentage of people living in extreme poverty and in urban informal settlements, reduce maternal mortality, increase primary school enrolment and increase the percentage of women parliamentarians. Challenges remain, including those associated with natural disasters and rising income inequality across the region.
As Canada works toward finalizing its Strategic Partner status in 2023, it continues vĩ đại have an important role vĩ đại play in advancing ASEAN’s community-building objectives under three themes:
Canada’s international assistance vĩ đại the region helps strengthen the regional policy agenda and reinforces ASEAN institutions, organizations, and networks in addressing shared regional development priorities.
ASEAN regional development program
The regional development program focuses on the following development priorities, which are aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy:
- Developing ASEAN human capital by investing in people, including promoting life-long learning, sustainable economic growth and the protection and rights of vulnerable populations;
- Strengthening ASEAN regional stability by advancing peace and security, gender equality (with a particular emphasis on women’s empowerment) and disaster management.
Canada’s ongoing development initiatives include the ASEAN-Canada Plan of kích hoạt Trust Fund, Tripartite kích hoạt for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region, Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace, strengthening ASEAN’s response vĩ đại COVID-19 and improving ASEAN thành viên states’ gender-responsive humanitarian assistance. Global Affairs Canada also has a project with the ASEAN Secretariat on the Mitigation of Biological Threats in the ASEAN region. Canada’s international assistance is aligned with the ASEAN community-building objectives and the ASEAN-Canada kích hoạt Plan (2021 vĩ đại 2025). Under this plan, Canada and ASEAN are building on the progress made under the previous plan and pursuing areas of mutual interest, including in political and security, economic, socio-cultural and sustainable development cooperation.
The ASEAN regional development program works closely with ASEAN stakeholders, including the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN thành viên states, partners, donors and Canada’s bilateral missions in all 10 ASEAN thành viên states.
Scholarships and educational exchanges for development
In 2017, the Government of Canada launched a $10-million scholarship program—the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED). The program aims vĩ đại build the capacity of students and mid-career professionals vĩ đại address development challenges in the ASEAN region.
The scholarships are for short-term studies (up to 2 academic sessions or 8 months) or research in Canada in fields that are relevant vĩ đại ASEAN’s efforts vĩ đại narrow the development gap and reduce poverty in Southeast Asia.
To date, 473 students from the ASEAN region have successfully completed a study or research exchange in Canada through the scholarship program.
For more information on scholarships and the application process, please visit Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development.
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- Canada’s tư vấn for ASEAN vĩ đại address the COVID-19 pandemic is helping vĩ đại ensure ASEAN thành viên states can better detect, control and prevent COVID-19 transmission.
- In addition vĩ đại the regional development program, Canada has bilateral development programs in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam.
- Since 2000, Canada has provided $4.4 billion in development assistance vĩ đại the ASEAN region, including bilateral assistance vĩ đại ASEAN thành viên states and regional development assistance.