President Alberto Fernández and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a bilateral meeting
President Alberto Fernández and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a bilateral meeting in which they discussed the potential of the economic and commercial link and the possibilities of advancing a common agenda, particularly in the energy and agri-food sectors.
In this context, the leaders shared the interest in the possibility of joint investments for the production of fertilizers, subject on which he has been working Profertil companywhose main shareholders are YPF and the Canadian Nutrien.
An investment of these characteristics could result in benefits in terms of fertilizer availability and, therefore, in favor of food security, as evaluated.
Both leaders highlighted the Canada’s role as the tenth investor country in Argentina Y first in the mining sectorand pointed out the importance of jointly promoting sustainable mining technologies.
In this regard, Fernández highlighted the participation of Argentina with its own pavilion at the PDAC 2022 Fair, main event of the mining sector in the northern hemisphere, which will take place in Toronto between June 13 and 15.
Refering to energy transition, The leaders exchanged experiences on the potential of cooperation for the production of hydrogen, since both countries have the natural resources to become global leaders in this form of clean energy.
Before the bilateral meeting, the leaders offered joint statements to the Argentine and Canadian press accredited to the summit and there Fernández said that “it is an enormous honor” to see Trudeau again.
“I know that we have very similar ideas about what our societies are demanding,” he said, alluding to “the problems of equality.”
“We are concerned about women’s rights, climate change. We have a lot ahead of us, based on that community of ideas, to do”said the head of state.
In addition, he related that the war situation that is being experienced in Ukraine also gives them “an opportunity to do things” that they are already “doing together.”
“We have to deepen our agreements to produce fertilizers, we are already doing it in Argentina, but I think we can go one step further and in this way also help world production,” Fernández summed up.
“So for me it is a true honor to share this talk. It is a good time to talk about the Americas. It can be a foundational moment where we change many things that are not right today,” he added.
Trudeau, For his part, he stated that “it is a pleasure to have the opportunity” to sit down “with the president of Argentina, President Fernández, to to be able to talk about important things like the climate, women’s issues and many world issues that are important.
In this regard, he highlighted “especially to have the opportunity to deepen the friendship that unites us over the Americas and to be able to collaborate.”
“Also talk about how to improve investments in our hemisphere so that our citizens can continue to grow, how we are going to invest in issues that are important to all of us and that will help us ensure that citizens throughout the hemisphere can survive better than they are doing now,” concluded the first Canadian minister.
Fernández was accompanied by Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero; the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa; the General Secretaries of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello; of Legal and Technical, Vilma Ibarra; and Strategic Affairs of the Presidency, Gustavo Beliz; as well as the head of the Cabinet of Presidential Advisors, Juan Manuel Olmos.
On the official Canadian delegation, along with Trudeau, were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly; Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor Dan Costello; the adviser on Strategic Affairs, Andrée-Lyne Hallé; Political Affairs Advisor Oz Jungic; counselor Elise Wagner; and the adviser of the Department for the Americas, Michael Grant.