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September 7, 2018
Consultations on a possible free trade agreement with the ASEAN
The Government of Canada launched a consultation on the scope of potential negotiations toward a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The members of of the ASEAN are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
With a population of approximately 643 million and a GDP of US$2.8 trillion in 2017, the ASEAN market presents significant opportunities for Canadian companies in a wide variety of sectors.
The focus of consultations is to determine how Canada should best proceed regarding a possible FTA with ASEAN. This would include how to best improve market access, legal certainty and transparency for Canadian business, but also to understand any other related issues and concerns that are relevant when considering a possible FTA.
All interested parties are invited to submit their views by October 16, 2018.
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