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Agriculture has voices on advisory council

There’s an agricultural flavour to a panel set up to advise Trade Minister Ed Fast on future trade initiatives for small- and medium-size businesses.

Kathleen Sullivan, executive director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, will be a member of the panel chaired by Murad Al-Katib, president and CEO of Alliance Grain Traders, which plans to build a new pasta plant in Regina.

Small- and medium-size enterprises play a critical role in the economy and the government wants to help them enter high-growth and strategic priority markets, said Fast.

The 10-person panel, which has a number of high-profile business leaders, will advise Ottawa on its new “global commerce strategy.”

Canada has signed free trade agreements with Colombia, Jordan, Panama, Peru, the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), and Honduras while launching trade talks with Brazil, China, the countries of the European Union, India and Japan.

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