CANADA-JORDAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED

Canada has signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Jordan. Negotiations began in April of 2008 and FTA negotiations as well as negotiations for an Agreement on the Environment and a Labour Cooperation Agreement were concluded August 25, 2008.

Bilateral trade between Canada and Jordan was $87 million in 2008.

Implementation of this FTA is expected sometime this year. The treaty will be tabled in the House of Commons for a period of 21 sitting days, during which, members of Parliament are able to review, debate, vote on a motion, or send the agreements to committee for further review. Then, the government can introduce implementing legislation, which is also subject to debate in the House of Commons and the Senate. Once passed by the House of Commons and the Senate, the legislation must then receive Royal Assent from the Governor General in order to become law.

The text of the Canada-Jordan FTA is at: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/jordan-jordanie/agreement-toc-tdm-accord.aspx?lang=eng

Status of all trade negotiations and agreements is available from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at:
http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/index.aspx
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