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G7 Transport ministers adopt joint declarations on road technology, aging infrastructure

KARUIZAWA, Japan–The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, attended the G7 Transport Ministers’ meeting in Karuizawa, Japan, on September 24 and 25, 2016, where the ministers adopted two joint declarations on:

-the development and widespread use of advanced technology for automobiles and roads; and

-strategies for new and aging transport infrastructure.

The G7 ministers reached an outcome supporting the global Market-Based Measure in advance of the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in Montréal later this month to work toward carbon-neutral growth starting in 2020.

Minister Garneau also met with Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Keiichi Ishii, to discuss potential partnerships. The ministers were pleased with the progress on a technical arrangement on aircraft maintenance, and confirmed their shared intent to implement its terms next year. This would allow some accredited Canadian businesses to provide aeronautical products maintenance in Japan and vice versa. As a result, it will facilitate more investment and business opportunities for both Canada and Japan.

In addition, Minister Garneau held meetings with his counterparts from the European Union, Germany and the United Kingdom where he highlighted the tremendous potential of emerging technologies to improve the safety, efficiency, sustainability and accessibility of transportation.

Finally, Minister Garneau took the opportunity to meet with business leaders to advance Canadian interests and reiterate the important role that transportation plays in supporting an efficient and competitive trade environment in Canada and abroad.

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