Min­is­ter Bibeau to visit Viet­nam and Ja­pan

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

“Our gov­ern­ment is stead­fast in its com­mit­ment to end the epi­demics of AIDS, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and malaria. I look for­ward to re­new­ing Canada’s en­gage­ment with our strate­gic part­ners, such as the Global Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, in this global ef­fort.” - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie

Global Af­fairs Canada The Hon­ourable Marie-Claude Bibeau will be making her first in­ter­na­tional trip as Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie, fol­low­ing the new gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re-en­gage with Canada’s bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral part­ners. Min­is­ter Bibeau will visit Viet­nam from De­cem­ber 13 to 16, 2015, and Ja­pan from De­cem­ber 16 to 18, 2015. Con­sult­ing with de­vel­op­ment stake­hold­ers and in­ter­na­tional aid or­ga­ni­za­tions will guide Canada’s aid de­ci­sions, em­power peo­ple and sup­port broad-based, sus­tain­able growth in the de­vel­op­ing world. Viet­nam and Canada enjoy a strong, 40-year bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship and are long­stand­ing de­vel­op­ment part­ners. Viet­nam has made tremen­dous progress in re­duc­ing poverty rates from 64 per­cent to 17 per­cent in 20 years. While in Viet­nam, Min­is­ter Bibeau will visit agri­cul­tural projects, as well as health fa­cil­i­ties com­bat­ting tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and HIV/ AIDS. Th­ese vis­its will help Canada gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of chal­lenges that re­main in im­prov­ing health, in­creas­ing eco­nomic growth and re­spond- ing to the desta­bi­liz­ing ef­fects of cli­mate change. In Ja­pan, Min­is­ter Bibeau will at­tend the Global Fund’s Fifth Re­plen­ish­ment Prepara­tory Meet­ing in Tokyo to dis­cuss Canada’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to end the AIDS, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and malaria epi- demics. Dur­ing her visit, Min­is­ter Bibeau will also meet with Bill Gates, co­founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion; Mar­garet Chan, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion; and Ja­panese for­eign af­fairs and de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cials.

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Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie Marie-Claude Bibeau meet­ing with Pham Bình Minh, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs of Viet­nam, ear­lier this week.

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