On November 16, 2021 Canada met virtually with ASEAN Economic Ministers and announced that they have
agreed to proceed with negotiations toward a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising 10 member 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.