Thursday, October 14, 2010

Van Loan Tours Middle Eastern Countries, Talks Trade

(CTV News – The Canadian Press)

International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan is touring parts of the Middle East in a week-long effort to boost trade and encourage investment in Canada.

Much of the trip will be spent in Saudi Arabia where he will meet with his counterparts to lay the groundwork for better business relations between the two countries. Van Loan told the Saudi English newspaper Arab News he plans to discuss full access to the Saudi beef market, co-operation in the agriculture sector and the Kingdom’s threat to ban certain BlackBerry services. [...]

The newspaper also reports Van Loan will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding committing both countries to strengthening their relationship in the health-care field. Read more here.