The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is pledging its support for a comprehensive trade agreement between Canada and Japan, as the two countries begin free trade negotiations in Tokyo this week.

Mike Oxley, Chairman of CIAC’s Board of Directors, and Kyohei Takahashi, Chairman of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), have signed a joint statement supporting a Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. In this statement, CIAC and JCIA outline how the elimination of chemical tariffs, and simplified regulatory processes and rules of origin, could strengthen the trade relationship between Canada and Japan.

CIAC and JCIA have forwarded copies of the joint statement to Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed Fast, as well as Japan’s chief negotiator Keidanren-san, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For more information about CIAC’s position on the Canada-Japan trade negotiations, contact:

David Podruzny
Vice-President, Business & Economics
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
613-237-6215 ext. 229