(Government of Canada)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will come into force on August 15, 2011. The announcement was made jointly with the President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, during Prime Minister Harper’s official visit to Colombia. The Prime Minister also announced increased Canadian assistance to strengthen human rights in Colombia.
“Our Government has been hard at work opening new markets abroad for Canadian businesses, which creates jobs for Canadians,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Colombia has a burgeoning economy with incredible potential for commercial linkages with Canadian entrepreneurs. Improving trade and expanding market opportunities also helps to build a better future for the next generation. Our Government continues to support efforts to safeguard and promote human rights that make a real difference for children, youth, families and communities.” Read more here.