May 15, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Since 2020, GTAGA has been helping to increase women’s participation in trade and contributing to efforts to improve women’s economic empowerment. GTAGA highlights Canada’s long-standing commitment to gender equality and recognizes the importance of mutually supportive trade and gender policies. Canada, along with other GTAGA partners, is focused on continuing to work with Costa Rica and Ecuador to remove barriers to women’s economic empowerment and women’s participation in trade. The ceremony was hosted by Minister Ng’s New Zealand counterpart, Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Trade and Export Growth, Biosecurity and Land Information, and was attended by representatives of other GTAGA members including Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Canada is committed to creating opportunities to advance women’s economic empowerment and women’s opportunities in trade. With the full inclusion of women entrepreneurs and business owners in the economy, Canada could add close to 0 billion to its GDP. On a global scale, the full inclusion of women in the economy could add trillion to the world’s GDP. Through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, an investment of close to billion, Canada is providing access to capital, training and mentorship, and knowledge sharing for women entrepreneurs across the country to succeed. Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, participated in a virtual signing ceremony to officially welcome Costa Rica and Ecuador to the Global Trade and Gender Arrangement (GTAGA) and the Inclusive Trade Action Group (ITAG). Present at the ceremony were Manuel Tovar Rivera, Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and President of the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER), and Julio José Prado, Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries of Ecuador.