Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has said that “Canada and Argentina have worked closely together to build complementary agendas and goals for this year’s G7 and G20 Summits to continue our strong progress to create new opportunities for the middle class, advance gender equality, strengthen financial governance, create a fairer global tax system, and combat corruption. The discussions among G20 leaders over the last two days show that we must work together to address the world’s most pressing challenges, strengthen the middle class, and offer real help to people working hard to join it.”
He added that “Argentina and Canada share common values of diversity and inclusion, and a strong commitment to rules-based international trade and growth that benefits the middle class and people working hard to join it. Collaborating on open government between our countries will deepen our people-to-people bonds and drive growth that benefits everyone.”
The Summit was a key opportunity for countries to come together to strengthen the middle class and invest in economic growth that benefits everyone.
During the Summit, the Prime Minister emphasized how creating new opportunities for the middle class is critical to helping people deal with the uncertainty of a changing world and stemming the spread of polarization and division.
The Summit also provided an opportunity to build on priorities from the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, particularly equal access to quality education to promote equal opportunity and the empowerment of women and girls, implementation of the Ocean Plastics Charter to eradicate plastic pollution and protect our oceans, and the successful replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
The Prime Minister continued to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, another key G7 theme, at events hosted by the Business Women Leaders’ Taskforce and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of Netherlands. The Prime Minister also attended the G20 Investor Forum to discuss how partnerships between governments and the private sector for long-term investments can create good, middle class jobs and promote sustainable development.
In support of the G20 efforts on global health, the Prime Minister announced an additional $10 million contribution to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness, which will help develop new life saving vaccines to prevent and contain infectious disease outbreaks.
On climate, Canada has made significant progress and is working to meet its commitments to phase-out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies (IFFS) by 2025. In support of this, Canada is participating in a G20 voluntary peer review process with Argentina, which will compare and improve knowledge, and push forward the global momentum to identify and reduce IFFS.
While in Argentina, the Prime Minister also met with President of Argentina Mauricio Macri. They welcomed the concrete progress made since Prime Minister Trudeau’s 2016 visit to Argentina, including Canada’s trade talks with Mercosur and Canada’s upcoming creative industries trade mission to Latin America, including Argentina, in February 2019. The leaders also welcomed the signing today of a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on sharing best practices on open government, which will support peer learning, empower citizens, and improve public services.