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Lubna meets Canadian Prime Minister

posted on 14/06/2010: 1040 views



Ottawa - Sheikha Lubna Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, has conducted a series of extensive meetings with high ranking Canadian officials on the sidelines of her current visit to Canada. The meetings covered UAE-Canadian bilateral relations and the means by which to boost them in all fields, especially in trade and investment.

Of those Lubna held meetings with were the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate, the Minister of International Trade and a number of Canadian businessmen and investors.

During her meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper, both sides discussed UAE-Canadian bilateral relations and the means by which to boost and develop them in all fields especially in trade and investment through taking advantage of the many and diverse opportunities that are available in this regard.

Sheikha Lubna conveyed to the Canadian PM the compliments of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, and affirmed the UAE's keenness on expanding bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Canada in all fields in order to boost the development of both friendly countries' economies.

She shared with the Prime Minister the latest regarding the UAE Economy, pointing out that it registered positive growth that is expected to increase this year in line with the general improvements being witnessed in the pace of economic activity, adding that the UAE has attained advanced positions in international economic and commercial surveys and reports.

The UAE minister stressed that ties between the UAE and Canada are unique, especially with the increase in bilateral trade and the fact that the UAE is currently home to 27,000 Canadian citizens, and over 200 Canadian companies that are investing in various UAE sectors, especially in Energy.

She also underlined the importance of expanding commercial cooperation through boosting the presence of Canadian companies in the UAE, removing any barriers facing exports from both sides, and improving two-way air transport.

Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the UAE's investments in Canada in the energy and port management sectors, underlining the immense capabilities, strong performance, and high degrees of efficiency that UAE companies enjoy in these fields.

For his part, the Canadian PM welcomed H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi's visit to Canada, underlining his countries keenness on developing bilateral trade with the UAE especially in trade and investment.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Mohammed Abdullah Al Ghafly, the UAE's Ambassador in Canada.

Sheikha Lubna also visited the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa and met with the President of the Canadian Senate Noel Kinsilla. Both parties discussed bilateral relations and the means by which to boost them in all fields.

She shared with the Senate's President the comprehensive economic and social developments witnessed in the UAA. She also explained the "UAE's 2021 Strategy", which aims at transforming the UAE into one of the best countries in the world, a regional and global role model.

For his part, the President of the Senate affirmed Canada's interest in developing its ties with the UAE and strengthening joint cooperation to boost development in both countries. He also hailed the continuous progress that the UAE is witnessing in all fields and pointed out to the available investment opportunities that are available in Canada, especially in maritime transport and ports management. He also highlighted the Canadian parliamentary experience.

Sheikha Lubna also met with H.E. Peter Van Loan, the Canadian Minister of International Trade, and discussed bilateral ties between the UAE and Canada and means by which to boost them in a number of commercial, investment, industrial and services fields.

During the meeting, she affirmed the UAE's keenness on boosting commercial and investment cooperation with its trade partners, pointing out to the opportunities that the UAE offers through the trade fairs that are held on its soil that attract a large number of national and international companies from neighbouring and regional countries.

Sheikha Lubna stressed on the important and dynamic role which can be played by increasing commercial flights between the UAE and Canada in boosting trade between both countries in all fields, such as Tourism and Investment.

For his part, the Canadian Minister of International Trade affirmed his country's keenness on boosting bilateral relations with the UAE, stressing its important and advanced global economic standing. He also pointed out to the interest Canadian Companies give towards strengthening their presence in the UAE market and benefiting from the various opportunities available therein.

Sheikha Lubna also met with Canada's Deputy Minister of International Trade, Louis Lavesque and a number of Canadian businessmen and investors. During the meeting, available investment opportunities between both countries were discussed, especially in the field of agricultural products and financial services.

She invited Canadian companies to increase their economic involvement in the UAE either through the trade fairs that the UAE hosts annually or through frequent business visits.

Sheikha Lubna highlighted the UAE's strong economy and the promising investment opportunities that it offers in all fields.

The meeting was attended by Mohammed Abdullah Al Ghafly, the UAE's Ambassador in Canada, Fatima Ghanem Al Marri, Member of the National Federal Council, and Jumaa Al Kait, the Executive Director of Foreign Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

UAE - Canadian commercial ties have experienced a noticeable improvement during the past years. Trade exchange between both countries increased from US$706 Million in 2007 to US$1.536 Billion in 2008. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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