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Canada's Proposals for the FTAA Agreement 
FTAA Negotiating Groups - Canadian Written Submissions 


December 13, 2000 (3:15 p.m. EST) No. 270



International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew made public today Canada's written submissions to Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiating groups.

"Making this information available to the public is another example of this government's commitment to making our trade negotiations open and transparent to Canadians," said the Minister.

FTAA negotiating groups are now working toward developing draft texts for Ministers' consideration at the next FTAA Ministerial in Buenos Aires in April 2001. Canada will seek consensus from the 34 participating countries to make those texts public at that time. The release of national proposals is at the discretion of each FTAA country. 

Canadian proposals have been submitted to FTAA negotiating groups on market access, government procurement, agriculture, competition policy, and subsidies and antidumping/countervailing duties. These proposals are currently available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's FTAA Web site at www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/tna-nac/ftaa_neg-e.asp

Canada has not made any submissions to the negotiating groups on investment, services, dispute settlement and intellectual property rights. If it does so, these will also be posted on the Department's Web site.

FTAA negotiations hold the potential for creating the world's largest free trade area, with 800 million people and a combined gross domestic product of nearly US$11 trillion. Liberalized trade throughout the hemisphere would increase opportunities and benefits for Canadian exporters, manufacturers and consumers.

The FTAA is inextricably linked to the Summit of the Americas' process, whose objectives include strengthening democracy, creating prosperity, and finding ways to address a range of social and economic issues. Canada will host the next Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in April 2001.

Source: Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade