OTTAWA, Canada – The digital transformation of the global economy is creating new opportunities for Canadian companies and exporters that will support a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Affairs Canada, noted.
Mary Ng, minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, announced Friday, March 19, public consultations on Canada’s interest in joining the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) between Chile, New Zealand and Singapore.
“Advancing Canada’s participation in global digital trade and e-commerce will ensure that more Canadians have access to the benefits and opportunities that flow from international trade and investment. Joining the DEPA would help Canadian businesses benefit from digital trade and adapt to emerging technologies,” minister Ng, said.
“The global digital trade and e-commerce sector offers growing opportunities for companies of all sizes to succeed in global markets. Joining the DEPA would help Canadian businesses navigate a thriving global digital and data-driven economy, providing clear rules on digitally-enabled trade, and promoting growth that benefits everyone.
“The consultations will inform Canada’s approach to discussions with Chile, New Zealand and Singapore on potentially joining the agreement. Industry stakeholders, NGOs, and all interested Canadians, including traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and Indigenous peoples, are encouraged to provide their input by May 3, 2021,” Global Affairs Canada, said in a press release.