The Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently visited Manila to increase trade and investment and promote Canadian agri-food products and solutions.
During her visit, Bibeau met with Philippine Department of Agriculture officials, local meat importers and agri-food importers in retail, flour milling, and wheat. She also engaged with civil society groups and other stakeholders from Philippine agriculture and agri-food industries and organizations.
A day after her visit and engagement with stakeholders in the Philippines, the Canadian Embassy in Manila released a statement, with Bibeau affirming Canada’s support to the Philippines, “We are committed to elevate this relationship even further and to explore ways Canada can contribute to the Philippines’ agri-food sector by being a reliable partner on food security.”
She also reiterated Canada’s commitment to advance agricultural trade and cooperation with, and expand market access in the Philippines.
Based on the latest Embassy data, the Philippines has become Canada’s second largest agri-food and seafood export market in Southeast Asia. In 2021, Canada’s exports to the Philippines grew by over 64% to over CAD 567 million (USD 410 million) from 2020.
(Source: Philippine News Agency)