Economic Cooperation Strategy Briefing

Consultations for the Canada-Africa Economic Cooperation Strategy are now live!

The Chamber was delighted to host this special session on 5 July 2023, open to all, for dialogue around the latest announcements on the Canada-Africa Economic Cooperation Strategy.  

We were privileged to welcome Hon. Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development. Hon. Virani delivered an address to Chamber members and guests, followed by a panel discussion, during a program led by Templar Kalundu Iga, Managing Principal at Preponderant Advisory. The event hosted, hosted at Gowlings WLG, was opened by Aweis Osman of the firm's Advocacy Group .

Guest panelists include Consul General Thandiwe Fadane (Republic of South Africa), Peter Leowen (Director, Munk School of Global Affairs), and Aweis Osman of Gowling WLG.   

John Yearwood (Editorial Director, Politico) joined us from Washington, DC to serve as moderator.   

The address by PS Virani was livebroadcast on

Chamber President Garreth Bloor expressed his thanks to all involved, following the program: ''I also proudly recognize our incredible members and associates who are on-the-ground across the continent and in Canada. In particular Ms. Ateau Zola who recently engaged the Prime Minister of the DRC, as well as other governmental and business leaders in Kinshasa - during recent visits to various cities.  

The Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development was mandated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to develop a strategy for economic cooperation across 
Africa. The Strategy will include support for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), facilitating investments in infrastructure, and expanded partnerships in research and innovation. The proposed Canada-Africa Economic Cooperation Strategy (CA-ECS) will seek to facilitate increased and diversified trade and investment with African partners in line with Canada’s export diversification strategy, advance an inclusive and sustainable approach to trade, strengthen the rules-based international trading system, and contribute meaningfully to Canada and Africa’s overall economic, social and environmental priorities.

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We would like to hear the views of the Canadian public and interested stakeholders including:

  • businesses, including micro-, small, medium and large-sized enterprises
    Canadian private sector, investors and industry leads
  • industry associations
  • research, innovation and academic institutions
  • civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations
  • African diaspora communities in Canada
  • provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • national, provincial, territorial and regional associations
  • students and youth
  • Indigenous groups
  • gender equality-seeking groups

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