Ottawa, December 2, 2013 — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes today’s announcement by the government of a new service providing firms with timely information and advice to identify and access Government innovation support programs that respond to their needs.
“For many SMEs, the efficient and reliable commercialization of R&D into new products, processes and services is extremely challenging, particularly with limited resources, said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He added: “Innovation is a catalyst for the development and growth of new businesses, high-value jobs, and long-term economic prosperity for Canada. The Concierge service announced today is an important step in supporting SMEs to innovate and ultimately commercialize breakthrough ideas.”
Ottawa, November 27, 2013 – In preparation of the upcoming Ministerial Conference in Bali, the B20 Coalition calls on the G20 leaders and all WTO member nations to push ahead in the negotiations and conclude an ambitious Trade Facilitation Agreement. This is a key deliverable of central importance for the international economy.
B20 Coalition President Perrin Beatty, and President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce states that "such a Trade Facilitation Agreement will provide tangible improvements to industry and trade. Customs clearance will be sped up, and the movement of goods will rise." The potential payoffs for the world are substantial and far-reaching: a USD 1 trillion increase in GDP and 20.6 million jobs. Exports of developing countries could rise by approximately USD 570 billion, and exports of developed countries by USD 475 billion, a Peterson Institute study concluded.