Vic Toews concludes successful visit to Paraguay

    OTTAWA, Sept. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, has wrapped up a five-day visit to Paraguay where he met with
several senior Paraguayan government and aid officials, made a series of
announcements on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of
International Cooperation, and visited projects linked to Canada.
    "The Americas are a priority for the Government of Canada. I was very
pleased to see first-hand the scope and breadth of the bilateral relations
between Paraguay and Canada," said Minister Toews.
    Mr. Toews met with Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo, Foreign Minister
Héctor Lacognata and Miguel Abdon Saguier, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the Senate. They discussed Canada's work with Paraguay toward
strengthening and promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of
law throughout the Americas.
    Canada and Paraguay enjoy strong academic and people-to-people links. 
The Canadian Studies Centre in Asuncion, for instance, regularly invites
Canadian professors to universities in Paraguay. Mr. Toews met with
representatives of the Centre and also met with representatives from the
Paraguay Centre of Law, Economics and Political Studies.
    In addition to his meetings with Paraguayan officials, including Economy
Minister Dionisio Borda, Minister Toews also visited a number of very
successful projects that have benefited from technical assistance provided by
the Government of Canada, including a meat packing plant in Loma Plata and a
dairy plant in Filadelfia. He also met with the Paraguayan Technical Director
of the Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, the largest of its kind in the world and
second only to the Three Gorges Dam in China in terms of energy production,
and toured the facility.
    Minister Toews also met with members of Paraguay's 30,000-strong
Mennonite community, delivering a speech to its leadership on Canada's new
citizenship legislation and what it means for the 9,000 Canadians in Paraguay
and their future generations.

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For further information: Christine Csversko, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666

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