ABS as an international policy issue represents an opportunity for promoting Canada's new International Policy Statement: A Role of Pride and Influence in the World. The government identified science and technology as an important component of Canadian foreign policy. It also announced its intention to strengthen relationships with emerging powers such as China, India and Brazil.10 India and Brazil are main proponents of an international regime on ABS. They are also seen as future strategic economic partners for Canada and potentially key players in the area of biotechnology development. By participating constructively in the design of an international ABS regime, Canada may enhance its relationships with these countries while more generally contributing to a better North-South dialogue. The good will and positive relationships built through developing a fair international ABS regime should contribute to the success of Canadian foreign policy objectives.
10Canadian International Policy Statement available at: