Canada – Minister Joly reinforces Canada’s commitment to Association of Southeast Asian Nations partners

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Michael Tene, Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for ASEAN Political-Security Community, and with the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (ASEAN CPR) to reaffirm the valuable cooperation and growing partnership between Canada and ASEAN.

April 11, 2022 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Michael Tene, Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for ASEAN Political-Security Community, and with the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (ASEAN CPR) to reaffirm the valuable cooperation and growing partnership between Canada and ASEAN.

Minister Joly and the ASEAN CPR took note of Canada’s significant contributions across the three ASEAN community pillars, including the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development, strong support to advance the Women, Peace and Security Agenda through the ASEAN Regional Forum and development cooperation, and the negotiations toward an ASEAN-Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Minister Joly expressed Canada’s intent to raise its engagement with ASEAN. The ASEAN CPR welcomed the Minister’s formal proposal for Canada to be designated an ASEAN Strategic Partner.

Minister Joly underlined Canada’s commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, sharing her government’s vision for a comprehensive Indo-Pacific strategy. The strategy underscores ASEAN’s significance, contributing to deepening diplomatic, economic and defence partnerships and promoting sustainable development objectives in the region. The ASEAN CPR welcomed Canada’s Strategic Partnership proposal and looked forward to developing cooperation under the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

Minister Joly and the ASEAN CPR also discussed regional issues of common concern including Canada’s readiness to work with ASEAN on implementing the Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar. Minister Joly also underscored Canada’s ongoing response to President Putin’s illegal and unjustifiable war in Ukraine and the need to uphold an open, inclusive and rules-based regional order as well as a multilateral trading system.

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Alstom reinforces its organisation in Portugal

Alstom, a global leader in sustainable and smart mobility, has just appointed David Torres as the new Managing Director for Alstom in Portugal, being responsible for leading the company in this new era of increased investment and development of the national railway sector. This appointment comes in line with Alstom’s renewed strategy for Portugal, where the company is reinforcing its position as a leader in mobility solutions that provide sustainable foundations for the future of transportation.

In line with the reinforcement of Alstom’s commitment to the Portuguese market, the company is also appointing João Xavier as the new Digital and Information Services (D&IS) responsible for the Portuguese market and Armando Morais in charge of the Services activities in the country.  Both Joao and Armando have been linked to Portuguese railway market for over two decades, with different positions within Bombardier Transportation. 

With over 30 years of presence in the Portuguese market, Alstom has been responsible for the production of two thirds of the trains running in Portugal, including high speed trains, regional trains, metros and tramways. The Portuguese Convel ATP signalling solution was developed by Alstom too and the company has also been in charge of the signalling system for Metro do Porto as well as the 102 trains that are serving this network.

“Alstom wants to contribute to a new chapter in terms of mobility in Portugal, cooperating with local institutions and operators. This planned transition towards a more sustainable mobility will be an opportunity to modernize the sector, benefit the economy and create more jobs. We are proud to work together with our stakeholders to reinvent mobility and make transport easier and more intuitive, promoting local footprint, quality employment, innovation, responsible business.”, said David Torres, Managing Director, Alstom Portugal.