Canada, Chile and New Zealand established the Inclusive Trade Action Group (ITAG) on the margins
of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit. ITAG Partners confirmed a shared
commitment to work together to help make international trade policies more inclusive in order to ensure
that the benefits of trade and investment are more broadly shared. This can have a positive impact on
economic growth and help to reduce inequality and poverty. It can also help to maintain support for
trade which is very important for countries that are dependent on trade for their prosperity.
On August 4, 2020 at a ministerial meeting of the ITAG, the ministers responsible for trade of
Canada, Chile and New Zealand signed the Global Trade and Gender Arrangement. The Arrangement will
promote mutually supportive trade and gender policies and unlock new opportunities to increase
women’s participation in trade as part of broader efforts to improve gender equality and women’s
The ministers encourage other economies with an interest in facilitating women’s participation
in international trade, advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment to join this new,
stand-alone Global Trade and Gender Arrangement.