Statement by The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, at the Government of Canada’s launch of the Global Markets Action Plan:

“With one in five Canadian jobs linked to exports, promoting Canadian commercial interests abroad is critical to our competitiveness and prosperity. The Global Markets Action Plan aligns Canada’s trade promotion resources to help Canadian companies take advantage of opportunities in high-growth emerging markets and traditional markets of strength. By identifying economic diplomacy as a key to advancing Canadian commercial interests, the federal government is ensuring Canadian companies have the support to succeed abroad.”

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country. Its member companies collectively employ 1.5 million Canadians and are responsible for most of Canada’s private sector investments, exports, workplace training and research and development.