EEC Business IntelligenceVol. 3, Number 16, April 18, 2020
Bulletin d’affaires du CEEVol. 3, numéro 16 le 18 avril, 2000

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April 17, 2000: Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today announced the signing of three Canada-Egypt bilateral agreements, as well as the launching of a number of Canadian Government supported private sector initiatives in the environmental field, following his meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid in Cairo. "The agreements signed today reinforce Canada's commitment to strengthening bilateral trade and investment relations with Egypt", said Prime Minister Chrétien. "Canada is a world leader in environmental services. Our private sector looks forward to participating in projects that will showcase their expertise, while enhancing the living conditions of the people of Egypt." A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Environment Technology Cooperation will promote cooperation and trade in the field of environmental protection. It will lead to the creation of a joint steering committee to oversee joint projects beginning with methane gas recovery from landfills, retrofitting two-stroke motorcycle engines and incorporation of Egyptian environmental technologies on the Canadian Environmental Solutions CD-ROM. A Memorandum of Understanding to support the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade in the development of policies, legislation and regulations supporting Micro-Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (M/SME) development provides for an advisory group to provide the Egyptian ministry with training, research and technical assistance on the development of the M/SME sector. A Protocol for Shipments of Certified Seed Potatoes will reduce non-tariff barriers to the Egyptian market for Canadian certified seed potatoes. The Canadian Prime Minister also congratulated SNC Lavalin, for the signature of a letter of intent on a $180 million investment with the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities to build and operate a major water transportation treatment and distribution facility.

Bennett announced plans to build a $6.8 million high temperature thermal treatment facility in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The treatment facility is needed to clean up soil contaminated with chlorinated and non-chlorinated organic compounds. This project will create a number of export opportunities for firms that can provide cost-effective and innovative machinery (and their replacement parts) used in the remediation of contaminated soil. Manufacturers of machinery such as rotary kilns, crushers, screeners, shredders, and wood grinders may find a considerable market for their products. For more information contact: Bennett Environmental Inc. E-mail: kirkland@bennettenv.com, Web site: www.bennettenv.com/kirkland.html

Chinese pandas are to be given Viagra to improve their sex drive and save the species from extinction. Scientists are said to be experimenting with the impotence drug after traditional Chinese herbal medicine failed to lift the animals' libido. Coverage noted poachers and environmental changes have reduced the worldwide panda population to about 1,000 and the notoriously coy animals have frustrated the efforts of zoo-keepers to reverse the decline, turning their backs both on their intended mates and the world's press photographers

Ottawa se propose de devenir le gardien des espèces en péril. Le gouvernement Fédéral a déposé un projet de loi qui interdira la destruction des animaux en voie de disparition et de leurs habitats. Tout contrevenant sera passible de lourdes amendes ou d’emprisonnement. Mais les écologistes critiquent les nouvelles mesures proposées, prétextant qu’elles ne pourront protéger adéquatement les espèces menacées. Ottawa prévoit consacrer 90 millions de dollars sur 3 ans, à la protection des habitats naturels. Les environnementalistes n’acceptent pas la discrétion politique que se garde le gouvernement, puisque la protection ne couvre pas le pays d’un bout à l’autre, et demande à Jean Chrétien de s’impliquer personnellement pour renforcer le projet de loi (RDI 19 h & 21 h, SRC-R 21 h, SRC-T 22 h).

Québec a vivement réagi à la décision d’Ottawa de se porter au secours des espèces menacées et de leurs habitats sur l’ensemble du territoire canadien, privé et public, par le biais du projet de loi du ministre fédéral de l’Environnement, David Anderson, déposé hier aux Communes. Par ce projet de loi, Ottawa se donne le droit d’intervenir même dans les provinces déjà équipé es de lois sur les espèces menacées. Ottawa compte investir 90 millions en trois ans dans ce secteur. Le ministre québécois de l’Environnement, Paul Bégin, a dénoncé l’ingérence d’Ottawa dans ce champ de compétence provinciale

International Trade Minister Pierre S. Pettigrew presented to Parliament last month Canada's priorities and objectives for negotiating a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The Government's position directly responds to 29 recommendations made by an all-party parliamentary committee -- the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (SCFAIT) -- which recommends the course Canada should take during ongoing FTAA negotiations among the 34 democratic nations of the Americas, slated to conclude by 2005. "Canada's economic future is directly linked to that of our hemispheric neighbours," said Minister Pettigrew. "When negotiations are concluded, the FTAA will be the world's largest free trade region, with a current population of 800 million people and a combined GDP of nearly $11 trillion." Last year, SCFAIT held cross- country hearings on the FTAA and listened to hundreds of Canadians from a variety of business, labour, environmental, academic and human rights groups. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has also directly consulted industry sector representatives and citizen groups since 1998, and will continue to do so as negotiations progress. CEIA had commented on the FTAA in March 1999. Canada will host the third Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in April 2001, which will bring together the region's 34 democratically elected leaders. This June, Windsor, Ontario, will host the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), marking Canada's 10th anniversary as a member of the OAS.

For the first time, a federal judge has upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's longstanding interpretation of its own authority to identify which U.S. waterways are polluted by runoff from urban areas, agriculture and timber harvesting. The ruling will allow the agency to move forward to control non point pollution sources and to identify the maximum amount of pollutants that may enter these waterways. The March 30, 2000 opinion by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco affirms the comprehensive scope of the Clean Water Act's Total Maximum Daily Load program (TMDL). The court action happened when Guido and Betty Pronsolino, owners of an 800 acre ranch in southwestern Mendocino County, California, obtained a state permit to log trees on their land in the watershed of the Garcia River. But because the river had been labeled "impaired" under the Clean Water Act, the EPA placed restrictions on when and how the Pronsolino's could log their land. They were not allowed to cut down trees in the wet winter months, when runoff could be worse, and they had to leave at least five big trees every 100 feet along creeks and streams. Saying the restrictions would cost them $750,000, the Pronsolino's sued the government, with the help of the American Farm Bureau Federation and other agriculture and timber groups filed suit. The lawsuit claimed that the EPA and the states should calculate TMDLs only for pollutants that are discharged from pipes, or point sources. The court rejected this argument, holding that the 1972 Clean Water Act is designed to provide a comprehensive solution to the nation's water quality problems, "without regard to the sources of pollution." A copy of the court's decision in the case, "Pronsolino vs. Marcus," is available at http//www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/lawsuit.html

Royal Oak Mines, which went broke, leaving massive environmental liabilities and badly underfunded pensions for its workers, has been fined $1.4-million for dumping cyanide into a lake near Yellowknife in 1997 and trying to hide the fact. (Ottawa Citizen)

American-based scientists have found another reason to blame Canada. According to a study published in the journal Science, pollutants from forest fires in the Northwest Territories play a substantial role in the formation of smog that plagues many cities in the southeastern United States. The study, led by two scientists in Boulder, Colorado, concluded that Canadian forest fires may have a larger impact on U.S. air quality than anyone previously thought. Coverage noted Canadians have traditionally blamed Americans -- especially their Midwest coal plants -- for exacerbating smog episodes in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, but this study suggests pollution is much more of a two-way street in North America. (Ottawa Citizen)

Le Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE) soutient que la Commission de coopération environnementale (CCE), dont les responsables sont les ministres canadiens et espagnols de l’Environnement, David Anderson et Julia Carabias, ainsi que le représentant de l’Environmental Protection Agency, Carol Browner, met sa crédibilité en jeu en ne donnant aucune suite à la plainte déposée en 1997 en rapport avec l’inapplication de plusieurs normes environnementales en agriculture au Qu ébec. Selon le CQDE, Québec profite ainsi du laxisme de l’ALENA sur le plan environnemental (Le Devoir)

The Eel Ground First Nations Mi’kmaq reserve near Miramichi, NB, has launched court actions to prevent Repap New Brunswick Inc. from opening a second industrial waste dump near their community. The reserve has accused the provincial government of "environmental racism" (Globe and Mail)

Flagship environmental legislation for Alberta aimed at curbing oil and gas activity in protected areas has been pulled from the government lineup after a disagreement between the sponsoring cabinet ministers. The long-awaited Natural Heritage Act, redrafted as the Parks and Protected Areas Bill, was dumped in a private policy committee meeting last week after Resource Development Minister Steve West imposed five last-minute conditions prior to giving his approval to the bill. Environment Minister Gary Mar refused to accept West's main demand to soften the key provision of the bill phasing out oil and gas activity from areas of ecological significance. Sources said Mar immediately pulled the legislation from the agenda and left the meeting (Calgary Herald)

U.S. ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin told the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers yesterday that Canada and the U.S. need to develop a continental approach to climate change policy because any divergence could hard both economies. He said that at a minimum, U.S. and Canadian policy makers should show sensitivity to the impact policy choices in one country will have in the other (CH A9).


Minister Pina Moura announced that a new combined cycle power unit will be built in Carregado, near Lisbon. The new power unit will be built and run by TER - Termoelectrica do Ribatejo, S.A. It is expected to be in operation by the end of 2003 and will be fed with natural gas. The estimated cost of this new 1,200 MW power unit project is approximately $700 million dollars, funded by the EU. General Electric, through its Spanish branch was alerted about this opportunity and is forming a consortium with Portuguese companies to bid on this public tender which is expected to be announced in May, 2000. For more information regarding these trade opportunities, please contact: Mr. Carlos Lindo Silva, Commercial Officer, Canadian Embassy E-Mail: lsbon-td@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

The Portuguese Government signed an upgrade and construction contract worth approximately $150 million in 1996 with the multimunicipal public drinking water supply company "Aguas do Douro e Paiva". The planned investment, funded by the European Union (EU), was to be spread over five years, with completion of the plant due in 2001. In the first phase, most of that contract was reserved for the modernization of the existing old water distribution system and equipment supplying water to the municipalities of Arouca, Cinfaes, Castelo de Paiva, Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Oliveira de Azemeis, Ovar, Porto, Santa Maria da Feira, S. Joao da Madeira, Valongo, and Gaia. Of the total $150 million dollar investment, about $50 million dollars went to the construction of a new water treatment plant at Lever on the Douro River. The construction of this plant started in 1998 and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Antonio Guterres on March 28, 2000.

The second phase, due for completion in 2001, calls for the modernization and construction of clean drinking water networks in the other five municipalities in the Vale do Sousa area (Felgueiras, Lousada, Pacos de Ferreira, Paredes and Penafiel). For additional information, please contact: Mr. Carlos Lindo Silva Commercial Officer, E-Mail: lsbon-td@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Canada and the World Bank have signed an agreement to establish a Canadian $20 million (approx. US $14 million) trust fund in an effort to reduce or eliminate the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from developing countries. Of all the pollutants released into the environment every year by human activity, POPs are among the most dangerous. They are highly toxic, causing an array of adverse effects, notably death, disease, and birth defects among humans and animals. Specific effects can include cancer, allergies and hypersensitivity, damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, reproductive disorders, and disruption of the immune system. For wildlife, the effects of POPs exposure are already well documented, including birth defects, cancers, and dysfunctional immune and reproductive systems. The primary objectives of the funding will be to help developing countries and economies-in-transition (EIT) to build their commitment and capacity to take measures to reduce the release of POPs; to engage the commitment and support of developing countries and EIT's for the anticipated UNEP convention and other POPs agreements, and in activities that will address POPs issues of concern to a number of countries including Canada. The new POPs Trust Fund is expected to be launched in the next two months. (Gallon Editor's Note; There is a potential for a number of Canadian environmental companies to access the fund in partnership with the developing countries in working with them to meet their commitments. Source, Worldbank News Release No. 2000/282/ESSD. For more information contact Kristyn Ebro, World Bank, ph. 202-458-2736, or email Kebro@worldbank.org

U.S. companies that list on any U.S. stock exchange are required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to abide by U.S. environmental generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). It requires them to report in certain financial documents on any major environmental impacts or liabilities of their companies' operations. For more information see the Securities and Exchange Commission website at http//www.sec.gov  

In 1991, twenty six percent of the Indian population had been living in urban areas and by the 2003 census, the urban population is estimated to reach at 33 percent and further increase to 40 percent by 2021. If urban India were to be considered as a separate country, with a population of three million residents, it would be the third largest country in the world. Water scarcity has occurred in India at a very low level of urbanization and when India is just beginning to rapidly industrialize. For more information please contact: Mr. Viney Gupta, Canadian High Commission, Trade officer, e-mail: viney.gupta@dfait-maeci.gc.ca


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Construction contractors for a Water Supply and Sanitation Project are required in Bangkok. For more information, please contact Mr. Alan Bowman, Trade Officer, the Canadian Embassy in Thailand, Tel: (011662) 6360540, Fax: (011662) 6360568, Email: alan.bowman@dfaitmaeci.gc.ca

Al-Ahwal General Trading Company seeks suppliers of Generators & Water Filtration Units. Al-ahwal Trading Company is seeking to purchase diesel operated electrical generator sets with capacities ranging from 2000kva to 10,000kva. The company also is looking for suppliers of heavy and industrial water purification units to provide clean drinking water for villages and military camps. These generators and water purification units are required for Yemen's remote islands. Al-ahwal company, established in 1962, is one of Yemen's major trading houses with over 370 employees. The company deals in industrial machinery, power, generation, automobiles, agriculture and irrigation equipment. Al-ahwal participates in various Yemeni government tenders for the supply of equipment and machinery. Interested firms can contact: Mr. Steven Goodinson, Canadian Embassy E-mail: td.ryadh@ryadh01.x400.gc.ca

The Asia Waste Management is looking for lead manufacturer partners to utilize lead ingot to produce end products instead of selling ingots. They are currently producing close to 500/month of lead ingot from auto\truck battery recycling. They have also secured close to 1 ton of used rechargeable mobile phone batteries and are interested in pursuing partnerships. For more information about Asia Waste Management please visit their website at http//www.asiawastemanagement.com, or contact Mr. Victor Kong Technical Director, Asia Waste Management, email : triskong@tm.net.my

Chengdu is an important provincial city in Sichuan province, southwest China, and will play a critical role in the implementation of the State strategy for developing the west, a new campaign which was launched early this year. The city government will spare no efforts to strengthen eco-environment protection and improvement, a very important target in developing the west. The Chengdu Municipal government encourages firms to compete for the Project Phase 2 of the revitalization of the Fu & Nan rivers, which will take precedence in the city government's agenda in 2000. The Project Phase 2 received RMB 78 million yuan allocation from the central government, 68 million yuan f rom the municipal government, and 74 million yuan from local sources. The Project Office is applying water conservancy funds from the State Ministry of Water Resources and also hopes to encourage foreign investment. The project office will also arrange certain funds to import advanced materials and equipment as well as new technologies for river water and wastewater treatment to remain a sophisticated process, energy-saving, reliable operations and easy administration to ensure the maximum return on the investment. For more information please contact: Elizabeth Tang, e-mail: elizabeth.tang@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

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The commercial section of the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica is organizing a Canadian Trade Mission and Catalogue show presenting products and services which have good potential in Costa Rica. The Trade Mission will take place June 28-29, for more information please contact Brian Hood, Caribbean and Central America Division, DFAIT, (613) 966-6129.

The organizers of Expo 2000 have asked Canada to take the lead on the Industrial Environmental Issue in a New Jersey Environmental Technology Expo. For more information please contact Rick Savone, Consul and Trade Commissioner, rick.savone@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

The Africa Direct Conference brings together 200 top government and business decision makers from African countries with Canadian countries interested in this market. The conference is a source of market intelligence and an opportunity to Network. For more information please visit: http://www.AfricaDirect.net

Atlantic Canada Environmental Business & Municipal Expo Trade Show, April 25 - 27, 2000. Municipalities and companies from all over Canada will participate in this year's event, the largest expo yet! And the large number of delegates means more opportunities for exhibitors! This week’s issue of EnviroNews lists presentations and the great line-up of keynote speakers. To register contact Pamela Woodman at Nova Scotia Environmental Industry Association, Tel: 902-463-3538/3539, Email: NSEIA@istar.ca or Fax: 902 463-3511

Expoambiental, the first International Exhibition of Ecology and Environment, will take place in Latin America September 6-9, 2000 at Centro Costa Salguero. Exhibitors and visitors from a variety of industries and fields, who are interested in environment preservation and recovery will have the opportunity to come together and gain access to the latest breakthroughs related to reconversion, clean technologies, services and financing through conferences and ongoing exhibitions. For more information, please contact: Martin Wolinsky, Coordinador, Organización y Administración, Corrientes 2763 Piso 4º Of. 4 y 5, (1046) Buenos Aires, Argentina, Email: info@expoambiental.com.ar, Webpage www.expoambiental.com.ar.

Like many other developing countries, Morocco is experiencing a sharp demographic pressure and a strong economic growth. Both fact factors contribute to environmental complications. Morocco's ecological deficit is estimated at $3 billion CAD/year. The government has recently implemented new programs that emphasizes socio-economic development and sustainable development. The Morocco Environment Trade Mission is set to take place 30-31 May and 1st June . For more information please contact: Ms. Lucie Tremblay, Trade Commissioner email: lucie.tremblay@dfait-maeci.gc.ca or Ms. Asmae Amrouche, Commercial Officer, email: asmae.amrouche@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Ontario Exports Inc. is hosting a breakfast seminar on Southeast Asia. The seminar will provide both active and potential new exporters an in-depth understanding of the diverse opportunities in the Southeast Asian market. The seminar is scheduled for May 2, 2000 in Toronto Ontario. For more information please contact Laurie D’Souza, Ontario Exports Tel: 416-325-6514.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint l'information et le formulaire d'inscription en ligne pour les petits-déjeuners de travail portant sur les possibilités d'affaires auprès des banques multilatérales de développement en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient. Ces petits-déjeuners se tiendront dans le cadre de la Conférence de Montréal du 14 au 17 mai prochain. Pour plus d'information sur ces activités, veuillez cliquer sur le lien suivant http//www.wtcmontreal.com/Publicites/ConferenceMontreal


DFAIT recently published a report profiling the federal government’s ongoing work to open doors for Canadian suppliers. The report highlights results achieved during the past year and the priorities for the coming year. Opening Doors to the World is available at www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/tna-nac/access2000

A practical business guide with up-to-date information on China’s environment and environmental market is now available.. China, with its vast population and fast-growing economy, is facing the challenge of managing many serious environmental pollution problems. In 1998, China invested US$10 billion in environmental works and expenditure in environmental improvement is expected to escalate in the coming years. China’s environmental market is huge and potentially lucrative, but many overseas companies without sufficient market intelligence and business contacts may find it difficult to establish a firm footing in China. In view of this, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), and the China Association of Machinery Industry and Environmental Protection (CAMIE) have worked together to prepare this guide for those who are interested in exploring China’s environmental market. It is compiled from data collected in recent surveys and succinctly describes the development trends and needs of the Chinese environmental market. With concise information on over 500 environmental projects, this guide serves as an excellent reference for environmental companies and investors interested in China’s environmental market. Price: US$200 or HK$1,500 Number of pages: 120 For further information, please contact: Mr. Fredrick Leong, Environmental Management Division of Hong Kong Productivity Council, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong Email: fredricl@hkpc.org, Internet: http://www.hkpc.org/emd/gcemnm.htm

Effective April 1, 2000, NEBS Plus missions will be known as EXTUS (Exporters to the U.S.A.) missions. This program will continue to serve Canadian companies already exporting to the U.S., with a focus on helping them expand their markets further into the United States. A complete listing of upcoming NEBS and EXTUS events for 2000-2001 can be found at www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/geo/usa/nebs_00-e.asp (note new URL), or by linking directly from the U.S. Business Web site.

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