RealAg LIVE! with Claire Citeau on unleashing the potential of agri-food exports


If Canada is to make the most of its potential as an agriculture trading super power, signing trade deals isn’t enough — our government needs to ensure these deals deliver on their promise.

When it comes to current trade deals, including the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada’s export-dependent farmers and agri-food value chains say there’s room for improvement. To discuss, this episode of the LIVE! features Claire Citeau, executive director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Association (CAFTA).

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  • CAFTA has set out an ambitious plan to “unleash” the potential of agri-food exports
  • Break it down in five points!
  • 90% of Canadian famers depend on trade
  • Fair, open, predictable, rules-based trade is key for Canada
  • Existing trade deals aren’t necessarily being exercised in their entirety
  • CETA is a prime example — the promise is great, but the implementation has not lived up to what it could be
  • Products are coming in to Canada under CETA, but Canadian products are not moving that way
  • CAFTA wants to a new role created, to lead trade and trade issues (Chief of Trade Implementation at Global Affairs Canada)
  • Rules are rules, and these rules need followed, but also rules need updated from time to time
  • Transparency is key
  • The WTO needs to be strengthened and modernized, as this is what enforces rules-based changed
  • Will the Biden administration change that?
  • CETA also wants to see Canada launching free trade negotiations with the United Kingdom, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indonesia as well as building on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and concluding talks with the Pacific Alliance
  • And, to solidify international relationships, including China, which is one tall order

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