1. Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States and the Canadian Minister of International Trade met on 4 August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, for the Fifth AEM Canada Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Mrs Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Lao PDR and H.E. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Minister of International Trade.

2. Canada commended the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 as a major milestone in regional economic integration. Canada also welcomed the new AEC Blueprint 2025, which envisages an AEC by 2025 that is highly integrated and cohesive; competitive, innovative and dynamic; with enhanced connectivity and sectoral cooperation; a more resilient, inclusive, and people-oriented, people-centered community; and integrated with the global economy.

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