Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, will be in the country from August 21 to 23, 2022 and will travel to Montreal (Quebec), Toronto (Ontario) and Stephenville (Newfoundland). -and-Labrador).
Prime Minister Trudeau and the Chancellor of Germany will meet in Montreal to advance our shared priorities, including our unwavering support for Ukraine, the maintenance of peace and security in Europe and around the world, and to address the broader global implications of Russia’s illegal and unwarranted invasion. Leaders will also continue to collaborate to find ways to work together to preserve energy security and accelerate the global transition to clean energy, including ensuring access to key resources like clean hydrogen and critical minerals. They will discuss taking strong action on the climate through policies such as pricing pollution, and deepening trade ties between Canada and Germany so that they benefit everyone and promote the growth of the middle class in the two countries, notably within the framework of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA). They will also seek to stimulate links in science and innovation, and to attract investment, inter alia, in the automotive and electric vehicle manufacturing, hydrogen and fuel sectors. clean energy, and biomanufacturing and life sciences.
During their visit to Montreal, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz will participate in a networking dinner with German and Canadian business representatives to foster investment and partnership opportunities, including in the minerals sectors reviews and automotive. The leaders will then visit the Mila Institute, one of three national artificial intelligence institutes funded under the government’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, with the aim of showcasing Canada’s advances in the field. artificial intelligence and to highlight cooperation between Canada and Germany in the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence.
Prime Minister Trudeau will then travel to Toronto where he will participate in the Virtual Summit of Heads of State and Government on the International Platform for Crimea, to be held on August 23, the eve of Ukrainian Independence Day. Canada is a strong supporter of and active participant in the International Crimea Platform, Ukraine’s initiative to increase international mobilization and action in the face of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The platform carries much deeper repercussions this year given Russia’s illegal and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine.
In Toronto, Prime Minister Trudeau will also speak at the Canada-Germany Business Forum to promote increased cooperation between the two countries to address current global issues, including energy security and climatic.
Afterwards, the two leaders will travel to Stephenville (Newfoundland) to visit a hydrogen trade show, where they will be able to speak with specialists and see different services, technologies and projects focused on clean hydrogen. Canada and Germany have a long history of working together to promote the development of a clean economy and this visit will be an opportunity to formally deepen this collaboration. Canadian and German researchers are at the forefront of promoting clean hydrogen technologies. Canadian companies are deploying their technologies in the German market and German companies are investing in expanding manufacturing capabilities in Canada.
“Germany and Canada are close friends on the international stage. Our ties are based on shared commitments to democracy, peace and security, including our support for Ukraine, a clean and healthy future, and an economy that works for the people. I look forward to showing Chancellor Scholz what Canada has to offer as we work to strengthen our ties, create jobs and grow the middle class in both our countries. »
- The last meeting between the Prime Minister and Chancellor Scholz dates back to June, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany.
- Canada and Germany enjoy strong cultural and people-to-people ties. Nearly 10% of Canadians say they are at least partly of German descent and each year approximately 400,000 Canadians travel to Germany. An equivalent number of Germans visit Canada every year.
- Every year, several thousand German students spend a semester or a full year at a Canadian college, university or high school. Under the International Experience Canada program, thousands of other young Germans and Canadians travel in both directions for short-term study or research or for work.
- With more than 820 subsidiaries in Canada employing nearly 70,000 Canadians, Germany is one of the largest sources of investment in innovation, research and high technology in the country. Germany is the 7e source of foreign direct investment in Canada.
- Germany is Canada’s largest merchandise export market in the European Union and its sixth-largest global partner, with two-way merchandise trade totaling $25.9 billion in 2021.
- Canadian exports to Germany totaled $6.9 billion in 2021, while Canadian imports from Germany reached $19.0 billion. Sectors of interest include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences, information and communications technology, and agribusiness. Canada’s main merchandise exports include precious stones, machinery, ores, scientific and precision instruments, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and inorganic chemicals.
- The investments made in Canada in the manufacture of batteries by companies such as BASF, of German origin, demonstrate the strong potential for collaboration in the green technology sector.
- In May 2022, Germany and Canada both signed the G7 Hydrogen Action Pact.
- Long-time partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Canada and Germany cooperate closely on security and defense issues, and are both members of the G7 and G20, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Trade Organization (WTO).
- Canada and Germany are doing their part to contribute to NATO operations and activities on NATO’s eastern flank, particularly in their role leading the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroups of NATO in Latvia and Lithuania, respectively.