The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, met with Roberto Ampuero, Chiles Minister of Foreign Affairs, to celebrate the entry into force of the agreement, which builds on the existing 1997 CCFTA
. It also represents a historic achievement for Canada: for the first time, a Canadian free trade agreement includes a dedicated chapter on trade and gendera first of its kind for any G20 country.
Under their evangelistic aegis, the Chretien government proceeded to ratify the World Trade Organization (WTO, 1995), to try engineering a Multilateral Agreement on Investment at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, to negotiate a Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA
, 1997), to participate in continuing liberalization negotiations within the WTO, to play an active role in fostering the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and to interact vigorously on the working groups preparing to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Heraldo Munoz, Chile s Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the two countries have concluded a new technical barriers to trade (TBT) chapter within the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA