Canada, Philippines launch talks toward free-trade deal

Reuters News
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Posted: May 08, 2015 11:28 AM

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada and the Philippines will begin exploratory talks toward a bilateral free-trade agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Harper announced the launch of the talks at a news conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The two countries will also work to upgrade their 1996 Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer)