Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, today witnessed the signing of a bilateral Air Transport Agreement and a Social Security Agreement. The two leaders further committed to work together on common areas of interest with a Memoranda of Understanding on Olympic Games Cooperation and on International Development Aid Effectiveness.
“Brazil is a major global economic player and a key priority market for Canada,” said Prime Minister Harper. “These agreements will benefit both countries by promoting greater two-way flow of people, goods and services, enhancing our competitiveness and further strengthening our partnership in key areas of shared interest.”
The Air Transport Agreement is expected to benefit Canadian travellers and businesses in various sectors, including the tourism industry, by providing them with greater choices in airline services, destinations as well as lower prices. Both countries have agreed to make the new air rights available to airlines immediately, pending the formal ratification of the agreement.
The Prime Minister witnessed the signing of three additional agreements:
Brazil is a major economic player, not just in South America, but also globally as our 10th largest trading partner. Brazil is Canada’s largest merchandise trading partner in the Latin America and Caribbean region (excluding Mexico), and Canada-Brazil commercial relations are growing across the board.
Prime Minister Harper, along with President Rousseff, also took the opportunity today to announce the Canada-Brazil Strategic Partnership Dialogue, a new initiative that will serve as a forum between Canadian and Brazilian Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Dialogue will ensure both countries deepen relations and develop new partnerships on key bilateral, regional and global issues.