Canada – Minister Joly concludes trip to Germany and Belgium

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a productive trip to Germany where she participated in multilateral and bilateral discussions at the G7 and NATO foreign ministers’ meetings.

May 16, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a productive trip to Germany where she participated in multilateral and bilateral discussions at the G7 and NATO foreign ministers’ meetings.

At the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Wangels, Germany, Minister Joly reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to a coordinated approach on the most pressing issues facing the international community today. Ministers discussed the growing food and energy security crises, which are a threat to vulnerable populations around the world and to global peace and stability and are a direct result of the Russian regime’s reckless actions in Ukraine. They pledged to continue working together to support Ukraine and its courageous people in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of their country. Minister Joly and her counterparts also agreed to continue working closely together on the fight against climate change, a sustainable and fair recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and peace and security issues in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

In Berlin, NATO foreign ministers gathered to discuss shared priorities, including the impact of President Putin’s war, the gravest threat to global security in decades. They also reviewed NATO’s evolving security and defence priorities and identified strategies to adapt to them successfully in preparation for the NATO Leaders’ Summit that will be held in Madrid this June. Given Finland’s and Sweden’s aspirations to join the Alliance, NATO foreign ministers met with them to underscore NATO’s “open door” policy.

Minister Joly met with a number of her counterparts on the margins of her meetings in Germany. She highlighted Canada’s unshakeable resolve to uphold the international rules-based order alongside its likeminded allies and partners. The Minister also reiterated Canada’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine and to NATO’s collective defence.

Minister Joly visited Brussels, Belgium, on May 16, to participate in the Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting under the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the member states of the European Union. While in Brussels, she also attended a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Committee, alongside Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, where she highlighted the strong relationship between Canada and the EU, our close cooperation to support Ukraine and its people, and our collective determination to build a safer and more secure world. 

“President Putin’s war of choice is an unprecedented threat to world security and yet, it will fail. Putin sought to divide our Allies but we are more united than ever. In discussions with my G7, NATO, and EU counterparts, I reiterated Canada’s commitment to work together  to hold Putin’s regime to account, adapt to global challenges and to protect the values we hold dear.”

– Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Canada – Minister Ng concludes successful Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission

Helping businesses find innovative ways to diversify trade and expand into emerging export markets is key to a sustainable, inclusive economic recovery and transition to a green economy.

April 14, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Helping businesses find innovative ways to diversify trade and expand into emerging export markets is key to a sustainable, inclusive economic recovery and transition to a green economy.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, concluded the successful Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission, which focused on opportunities to strengthen Canada’s trade and economic relationships with Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, with a focus on clean growth.

Minister Ng was joined virtually and in person by more than 200 Canadian businesses, many of which are led by Black and women entrepreneurs and those from Canada’s other diverse communities. The trade mission began on April 12 in Georgetown, Guyana, where Minister Ng participated in a round table discussion with Canadian and Guyanese business leaders who shared best practices and growth opportunities.  

In Guyana, Minister Ng met with President Irfaan Ali to discuss next steps in strengthening the trade and investment relationship between Canada and Guyana.

During the trade mission, the Canadian Commercial Corporation signed memorandums of understanding with the Government of Guyana to bring Canadian technology and expertise to the country as it invests in its infrastructure, information and communications technologies, aerospace, clean tech and security sectors.

Minister Ng spoke with members of the Cabinet of the Government of Jamaica, thanking them for the commitment to continue working with Canada to facilitate trade between the two countries and recognizing the importance to Canada of expanding beef imports into the Jamaican market.

Minister Ng also connected to the trade mission’s virtual program to address an audience of Canadian entrepreneurs seeking to export to the Caribbean and explore important opportunities in the clean technology and green infrastructure sectors.

The Minister wrapped up the trade mission on April 14 in a meeting with Caribbean and Canadian women entrepreneurs to discuss their business experiences in Jamaica.

“This trade mission focused on sustainable growth and innovation underscores the strength of Canada’s long-standing trade and people-to-people ties with Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Our government will continue to strengthen its relationships with the Caribbean region, while opening doors for trade and investment opportunities that will benefit Canadian businesses and exporters.”

– Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

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Canada – Minister Joly concludes successful visits to Indonesia and Vietnam

During her visit, Minister Joly also underscored Canada’s commitment to pursue active engagement with partner countries throughout the region as part of the forthcoming Canadian Indo-Pacific Strategy…

April 14, 2022 – Hanoi, Vietnam – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a successful visit to Indonesia and Vietnam. The visit focused on deepening our countries’ already strong relationships and advancing shared priorities, including global security, gender equality, and fighting climate change.

During her visit, Minister Joly also underscored Canada’s commitment to pursue active engagement with partner countries throughout the region as part of the forthcoming Canadian Indo-Pacific Strategy.

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Minister Joly met with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi regarding shared priorities, including a new Plan of Action that will strengthen the bilateral relationship, especially for post-pandemic recovery. The Ministers also shared perspectives on the importance of exploring a way for the G20 to address the war in Ukraine. Minister Joly also met with officials from ASEAN, to emphasize Canada’s commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, with ASEAN at its core and to reaffirm our intent to raise our engagement to the level of Strategic Partner. The Minister also met with feminist leaders supporting gender equality and women empowerment in Indonesia.

In Hanoi, Vietnam, Minister Joly met with Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính, Foreign Affairs Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn, and Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyễn Hồng Diên, to highlight the growing bilateral relationship underpinned by shared commitment to multilateralism,  global security, and combatting climate change. Ministers Joly and Sơn also spoke about regional challenges as well as the increasing importance of the Indo-Pacific and Southeast Asian region. In meeting with the Industry and Trade Minister, both Ministers discussed growing trade and investment particularly through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the newly established Joint Economic Committee. Minister Joly met with Vietnamese alumni from Canadian francophone universities, where she noted Canada and Vietnam’s longstanding relationship through La Francophonie, notably through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship established in 1987.

Minister Joly also visited the province of Thai Nguyen, Vietnam, to gain insights into the challenges faced by ethnic minority women and girls as well as women-led businesses, and hear first-hand how Canadian development assistance is helping to empower women-led business, promote innovation and address the impacts of climate change. Minister Joly also met Ms Nguyen Thanh Hai, Party Secretary of Thai Nguyen Province.

In Vietnam, Minister Joly announced $4.4 million in new funding for The Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment in Vietnam project, implemented by Care Canada in association with CARE International in Vietnam and local partners. This project will  promote the rights of ethnic minority women by increasing their participation in paid economic activities, and strengthen their voice and leadership.

“As the prosperity, security and well-being of Canadians become increasingly linked to the Indo-Pacific region, Canada is deepening our partnerships and expanding our engagement in the region. Canada shares close ties with Indonesia, Vietnam and ASEAN partners. This week, we were able to build on that foundation and discuss the ways we can advance our shared priorities moving forward.”

– Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Japan – DOCOMO Concludes a Business Alliance Contract with JGC Corporation to Develop Platforms for DX at Large-scale Plant Construction Sites

NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has entered into a business alliance agreement with JGC Corporation on April 14, 2022 to jointly develop a digital platform that would enable large plants being constructed overseas to be remotely managed from Japan.

Under the agreement, the two companies will begin joint development of a platform that will enable accurate and speedy visualization and management of progress at overseas construction sites while remaining in Japan, with the aim of starting its use at construction sites in Southeast Asia and the Middle East by the end of 2022.

The platform will combine JGC’s expertise in on-site operations and project-management knowledge for plant construction and DOCOMO’s technologies involving drones, AI, and security. It will also be powered by Visual Command Center TM, a patented visual construction management solution from US-based company Reconstruct.

Key functions of the Visual Command Center include.

– Create a 3D point cloud model of a construction site from images taken with drones or 360-degree cameras
– Convert 2D images to 3D point cloud models
– Integrate images and 3D point cloud models with BIM / CIM and drawing data
– Create a 4D model by integrating the schedule data and visualize progress management including construction delays and punctuality.

Since August 2019, DOCOMO had been working with JGC to identify issues related to plant construction management and explore the creation of new businesses, such as demonstrating systems utilizing drones and IoT, with the aim of digitally transforming plant facility inspection and construction progress management. Through this agreement, DOCOMO and JGC will develop platforms for overseas plant construction sites and develop them with higher functionality, and work to create new businesses to contribute to the promotion of DX not only for the overseas plant construction industry but also for all industries.

About NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator with over 83 million subscriptions, is one of the world’s foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities (“+d” partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. www.docomo.ne.jp/english/.

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Canada – Canada concludes its inclusive participation at Expo 2020 Dubai

The theme for Canada’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, “The Future in Mind” was an invitation to reflect on how to address emerging challenges and seize opportunities for innovation. The Canada Pavilion welcomed visitors to discover the diversity, creativity, and openness of Canada as a destination to invest, do business, study, immigrate and visit.

April 04th, 2022, Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada:

Canada is honoured to have participated in Expo 2020 Dubai, which successfully concluded after six months of operations.

The theme for Canada’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, “The Future in Mind” was an invitation to reflect on how to address emerging challenges and seize opportunities for innovation. The Canada Pavilion welcomed visitors to discover the diversity, creativity, and openness of Canada as a destination to invest, do business, study, immigrate and visit.

From the outset of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Canada pavilion was remarkable for its cultural programming, led by Canada’s National Arts Centre, including the participation of an all-Aboriginal delegation of artists, speakers, panelists and cultural contributors during Tolerance and Inclusion Week and the Te Aratini Festival of Indigenous & Tribal Ideas.

Recognized as one of the top countries in the world for the quality of its education programs, Canada’s participation in Expo’s Knowledge & Learning Week in December 2021 put a spotlight on its innovative contributions to global education. Under the banner of “Together for Learning @RewirEd”, Canada participated in events that touched on education in emergencies, catch-up and accelerated learning for out of school children, and gender-transformative education. These events prominently featured Canada’s priorities on girls’ education, especially in conflict and crisis.

On International Women’s Day (March 8, 2022), the Commissioner General for Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai, Marie-Geneviève Mounier and Canada’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Marcy Grossman commemorated Canada’s theme “Women Inspiring Women”. The theme celebrates the diverse women and girls who inspire us by demonstrating leadership in the choices they make in their day-to-day lives to contribute to the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres.

On March 19, the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, led Canada’s delegation to its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development accompanied the Governor General during her visit to Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Canada Pavilion marked its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai with a robust cultural and business program highlighting the economic, cultural and people-to-people ties between Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the broader Middle East region that are strengthened by Canada’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai.

On March 20, the Canada Pavilion joined the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Expo 2020 Dubai, and the member pavilions of the Francophonie family, to mark the International Day of la Francophonie at Expo. This day was an opportunity to celebrate the French language, spoken by more than 320 million people on five continents, and to showcase the richness and diversity of Francophone cultures, including Canadian artists.

The UAE premiere of “Peace by Chocolate,” a Canadian film directed by Jonathan Keijser, and inspired by the true story of the Hadhad family, rounded out Canada’s National Day at Expo.

Throughout the six months of Expo, Canada’s commercial program was key in promoting Canadian exports and investment in Canada and helping Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) find meaningful opportunities for their global expansion in the UAE and the Middle-East and North Africa region.

Led by Global Affairs Canada, Canada’s participation was enriched and made possible through partnerships with organisations such as Invest in Canada – a signature sponsor – the National Arts Centre, the National Film Board, Parks Canada, Ingenium, and many others that helped the Canada pavilion shine at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Canada’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was an important platform to promote all that Canada has to offer, as well as support our SMEs in their ambitions to expand internationally. Team Canada proudly showcased our cultural wealth and indigenous heritage to the world, and in our plans to drive economic recovery, Expo 2020 Dubai will play a valuable role, serving as a reminder to the world of the abundant opportunities Canada has for investors, immigrants, tourists and students.”

– Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

“We are extremely proud of our participation at Expo 2020 Dubai where we focused on promoting Canada as an ideal place for education, immigration, business, investment and tourism. We presented the best of what our country has to offer to visitors from all over the world who will keep Canada in mind for decades to come.”

– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General of Canada, Expo 2020 Dubai