Minister Ng Concludes Successful Virtual Trade Mission to Africa for Women Owned and Led Businesses


The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, creating jobs and opportunities through international trade and export diversification. This includes strengthening Canada’s economic cooperation with dynamic economies across Africa.

As part of this effort, the Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today concluded a successful Virtual Trade Mission (VTM) to Botswana, Senegal, Africa du Sud and Côte d’Ivoire, organized by the Trade Commissioner Service of Global Affairs Canada, with the support of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Commerce.

The 4-day mission brought together 26 Canadian women entrepreneurs with African business leaders to explore new opportunities in the renewable energy and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. This virtual trade mission is the first of its kind, providing Canadian women entrepreneurs from coast to coast with knowledge, networks and training to access African markets.

The Minister presented Canada as a trade and investment partner of choice for partners in dynamic African markets and underscored her tenure’s commitment to strengthening Canada’s economic cooperation across the continent, including through continued support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

This VTM builds on the momentum of Minister Ng’s in-person trade mission to Africa in 2020 and last year’s Canada-Africa Symposium on Clean Growth, which brought together over 1,400 participants from 35 countries. to advance growth opportunities that combat climate change while creating jobs.

During the VTM, Minister Ng also held talks with Amadou Hott, Senegalese Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation on strengthening bilateral relations. The Minister will continue her discussions with her counterparts over the coming weeks.

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