The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global food security and supply-chain issues to the forefront. At the same time, the Government of Canada is developing an Indo-Pacific Strategy that aims to diversify Canada’s export markets, and help ensure that our competitiveness is well insulated against unforeseen market disruptions.
The Indo-Pacific is an important and fast-growing export region for agricultural commodities but protectionist trends will continue to present barriers to Canada’s ability to access Indo-Pacific markets.
By establishing an Indo-Pacific Diversification Office that strengthens engagement on market access issues, Canada can enhance the role played by Canadian agriculture exports as a supplier of safe, sustainable, and high-quality foods into this region. This will enhance our contributions to food security in the region while driving economic opportunities for Canadian farmers and exporters. To realize these benefits, the Government of Canada should establish a multi-disciplinary team based in the region with a mandate to address and resolve existing and emerging market access issues.
This new trade diversification office will:
Led by experienced market access officers with a focus on engaging in the region quickly and proactively, it should include:
Canada needs a stronger presence in the Indo Pacific.