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November 17th, 2021: Dan Darling, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) today issued the following statement regarding the launch of trade talks between Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

October 15th, 2021: As the voice of Canadian agri-food, representing the 90 per cent of farmers, producers, food processors and agri-food exporters who rely on global markets for their livelihoods, we are writing to congratulate you and your party on your victory in Canada’s 44th federal general election. We look forward to working with you and your government in advancing our numerous shared objectives.

September 7th, 2021: The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) seek a Trade Policy Officer. The successful candidate will have a proven familiarity with trade policy and have good writing, analytical and organizational skills. The position is split between the CCA and CAFTA.

August 16th, 2021: Recognizing that agri-food exporters are at the forefront of sustainability, food security and growth challenges, CAFTA calls on parties and candidates in #elxn44 to recognize and strengthen the value of trade to job creation and resilient agri-food supply chains by supporting the following:


August 10th, 2021: Report and event video of Trade Bridges: a trade dialogue between Dr. Ngozi okonjo-iweala and a group of industry, business, and trade leaders from around the world for a dialogue on some of the issues that can influence future discussions at the World Trade Organization. With special thanks to our featured guest Stephen de Boer who opened the event titled “Trade Bridges: Bringing the WTO closer to you”


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June 21st, 2021: 

Dan Darling, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) today issued the following statement regarding the launch of trade talks between Canada and Indonesia.

“We welcome the launch of talks with Indonesia which gives a major boost to Canada’s trade diversification efforts.
“Indonesia is Canada’s largest agriculture and agri-food export market in Southeast Asia. It represents about 35% of the region’s GDP and is also one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies in Asia.
“Trade can play a leading role in driving global economic recovery, so Canada’s agri-good exporters are pleased to see the federal government working to continue to open new markets.

June 2nd, 2021: 

Ottawa, ON – June 2, 2021 – Dan Darling, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) today issued the statement below regarding the official launch of accession talks for the United Kingdom (UK) to join the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

May 31st, 2021: 

On April 16, CAFTA met with the Honorable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. CAFTA directors and the Minister had a productive discussion on CAFTA’s priorities, challenges related to the pandemic and the important role agri-food trade plays in driving economic activity and growth in urban and rural communities across Canada in support of post-pandemic recovery.

April 29th, 2021: 

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) shares its preliminary views on the future negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) and possible accession of the UK to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement.

April 20th, 2021: 

CAFTA joins Canadian and European business associations in calling for progress on core outstanding issues in the implementation of CETA.

The letter is sent to the Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Trade Minister and European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on behalf of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business (CERT), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, BusinessEurope, European Services Forum and EUROCHAMBRES as a follow up to the CETA Joint Committee meeting that took place on March 25. 

April 12th, 2021: 

April 7th, 2021: 

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) released a comprehensive policy document that outlines how international trade can play a leading role in driving job creation, food security and economic growth across Canada.

The document, entitled “Getting Ambitious and Unleashing Agri-food Trade to Power Canada’s Economic Recovery” provides a series of ideas and actionable policy recommendations for how best the federal government can use the agri-food sector to drive the economy now and ensure Canada’s post-pandemic recovery is as strong as possible. It also points to the need to continue to consult and involve stakeholders in the design stage, throughout the negotiations process of agreements but also enforcement and implementation.

A summary of CAFTA priorities can also be accessed here.



Brief to the House Standing Committee on International Trade on the Study of the Reform of the World Trade Organization

March 17th, 2021: Despite clear evidence that trade has contributed to unprecedented prosperity and development, respect for the rules and the institutions that govern it has severely eroded, paving the way for further disruption and trade-distorting policies. The 25 year old World Trade Organization (WTO) is facing its deepest crisis with unprecedented challenges that cut across the three major functions of the organization, notably the dispute settlement mechanism, the monitoring and transparency function as well as the negotiations and rule-making function.

February 2nd, 2021: 

January 26th, 2021: The Business Council of Canada, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters issued the following statement calling for swift passage of legislation to implement the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA)

May 18th, 2020: 

CAFTA President Dan Darling writes on the importance of free trade for Canadian agri-food exporters and critical to feeding the world in the Financial Post.

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