Claire Citeau, Executive Director, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) Statement for the Standing Committee on International Trade on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
• Thank you for inviting me to speak on behalf of CAFTA, the voice of Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters regarding the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA.
• CAFTA represents farmers, processors and exporters from the beef, pork, grains, oilseed, pulse, soy, malt and sugar sectors. Together, CAFTA members account for 90% of Canada’s $54 billion agriculture and agri-food exports, supporting 940,000 jobs across Canada.
• Competitive access to global markets through trade agreements is our top priority. Europe, Japan and the Asia Pacific are at the top of our priorities ‘list.