Ottawa (NAV) – Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, will travel to Indonesia and Vietnam from April 9-14 to expand partnerships and reiterate the country’s commitment to engage with nations in the region as part of the government’s upcoming Canadian Indo-Pacific Strategy.
Canada and the Indo-Pacific region share important histories, cultures and people-to-people ties, according to a press release from Global Affairs Canada.
The statement said the prosperity, security and well-being of Canadians will increasingly be linked to economic, social and political developments in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Canada is committed to deepening its diplomatic, trade and economic engagement in the region to ensure we seize the opportunitiesconnections for Canadians and advancing shared priorities,” he said.
During his visit to Indonesia and Vietnam, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs will also participate in discussions on pressing global challenges, including the need for a diplomatic solution to the unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine and the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to address the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.
“Canada has been a strong, reliable and effective partner to Indonesia, Vietnam and ASEAN, and our celebration of decades of cooperation is a great opportunity to reflect on our experiences and achievements,” said Pretty.
Joly also said she looks forward to to visitIndonesia and Vietnam to better understand the region, expand partnerships and successfully contribute to a more secure, resilient, inclusive and sustainable Indo-Pacific for the benefit of all.
In Jakarta, Minister Joly will meet with government officials to mark the 70th anniversary of Canada’s bilateral relationship with Indonesia, a strategic global partner. In meetings with officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), she will reaffirm Canada‘s commitment to the association, in particular to its central role in peace, security and prosperity in Southeast Asia.
In Hanoi, she will meet with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien to highlight the long-standing bilateral relationship between the two nations in the run-up to the 50th anniversary. diplomatic relations in 2023.
She will also travel to the northern province of Thai Nguyen to meet ethnic minority women and learn more about how Canada’s development assistance is helping to strengthen women-led businesses in the face of climate change. and the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2022, Canada is also celebrating 45 years of cooperation with ASEAN. Canada is one of 11 ASEAN Dialogue Partners and has a diplomatic presence in all 10 member states as well as a dedicated Ambassador to ASEAN. As a bloc, ASEAN is Canada’s sixth largest trading partner.
Vietnam is Canada’s largest trading partner in the ASEAN region. Bilateral trade continues to grow despite the economic downturn due to the pandemic with trade turnover exceeding $6 billion last year, up 19% from 2020./.