Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 09, 2008 14:47 ET

Government of Canada Enhances Partnership With Spain

MADRID, SPAIN--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2008) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) today signed a Letter of Intent on agriculture and agri-food research interests as a further confirmation of cooperation between the two countries.

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, and Mr. Miguel Angel Quintanilla Fisac, President of INIA in Spain, signed the Letter on behalf of their governments.

"It is a great privilege for me to seek new opportunities for Canadian companies," said Secretary of State Paradis. "By bringing together the best minds, we are enhancing our science and technology capacity and facilitating the advancement of the agriculture and agri-food sectors of Canada and Spain. I look forward to fostering enhanced partnership between our countries."

"We are pleased to work with Canada on cooperative research," said Mr. Quintanilla Fisac. "We share many common research interests and this letter will support additional opportunities for scientific exchange and dialogue between our countries."

The Letter of Intent's objective is to facilitate the exchange of information and technical expertise between Canada and Spain. The document reflects both countries' commitment to enhance their research capacities to protect the environment and promote sustainable agriculture development in concert with strengthening bilateral trade relations.

This event marks another milestone in science and technology cooperation between Spain and Canada. Both countries agree that this collaboration is of mutual benefit and will provide additional means to benefit from each other's research experiences.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Secretary of State
    Mark Quinlan
    Director of Communications