PM and Mongolian Prime Minister Sükhbaatar Batbold strengthen Canada-Mongolia relations

Ottawa, Ontario
28 September 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and Mongolia have reached new agreements to improve trade and market access, as well as strengthen both agricultural cooperation and Mongolia’s democratic governance and institutions.  The Prime Minister made the announcement following a bilateral meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Sükhbaatar Batbold, who is visiting Canada from September 27 to October 1.

“The agreements signed today show that our countries are committed to developing our relationship,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “We look forward to further strengthening our ties, including cooperating on institutional reform and peace and security.”

Canada and Mongolia agreed to three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen trade cooperation and development between the two countries.

Prime Minister Harper also announced that a study comparing Canada’s Public Service Commission and the Civil Service Council of Mongolia will be completed shortly.

The two leaders also issued a Joint Statement highlighting the results of their meeting and setting forth steps for the future development of the Canada-Mongolia bilateral relationship.

Canada and Mongolia enjoy excellent and growing bilateral relations.  The two countries have much in common, including vast landscapes, abundant mineral resources and a shared commitment to democracy.  Canada and Mongolia also have a strong interest in expanding trade, which was valued at $164 million in 2009.