Canada, Japan to start trade talks next month
* Canada already engaged in other major trade talks
* First round to start in Tokyo on Nov. 26
* Study estimates trade deal would add billions to economy
OTTAWA, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Canada and Japan will launch their first full round of bilateral trade negotiations next month, Trade Minister Ed Fast said on Monday, the latest in a series of bilateral talks Canada has begun with trade partners with multilateral efforts stalled.
"Both sides are committed to concluding a comprehensive agreement that will unlock the full potential of our relationship and benefit workers and businesses in both countries," Fast said in a statement.
Canada is trying to conclude a free-trade deal with the European Union, is in the midst of negotiations with India and this month formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks aimed at creating an Asia-Pacific free trade accord.
The Conservative government has concluded six free-trade agreements since 2006, but mostly with minor players, including Jordan and Panama.
The first round with Japan will begin on Nov. 26 in Tokyo.
A joint study found that a trade agreement between the two countries could add between $4.4 billion and $4.9 billion to Japanese gross domestic product, and between $3.8 billion and $9.0 billion to Canada's.
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