Ottawa, CANADA – CCC is pleased to announce a new letter of intent for the purchase of Canadian aerial and ground firefighting assets, equipment and services by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina (MAyDS). The letter of intent was formally signed today by MAyDS Deputy Minister Sergio Federovisky at a ceremony held in CCC’s offices in Ottawa.
MAyDS is the government agency responsible for the monitoring, prevention, and management of Argentina’s fire emergencies through the national fire management service (Servicio Nacional de Manejo del Fuego). Mr. Federovisky signed the letter as part of a trade mission to foster bilateral relations between Canada and Argentina, which includes meetings with officials of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Canadian Forest Service, as well as visits to facilities showcasing Canadian firefighting expertise and technology.
The letter of intent aims to support Argentina’s forest fires fighting efforts. The Argentine government has implemented a number of measures to combat forest fires, including acquiring Canadian expertise and technology. CCC recently signed a USD $6.8 million-dollar government to government (G2G) contract with MAyDS for the services of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter supplied by Coulson Aviation, a leading Canadian aerial firefighting company, to meet Argentina’s needs for a period of 4 months starting in January 2023.
Both the G2G contract for Coulson Aviation and the letter of intent are the results of a 2022 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCC and MAyDS that provides Argentina access to Canadian technology and expertise on a government to government (G2G) basis. CCC is Canada’s G2G contracting agency. Through CCC’s International Prime Contractor service, the Government of Canada brings qualified Canadian companies to meet the needs of government buyers around the world. Every G2G contract has the legal effect of being signed in the name of the Government of Canada and comes with an assurance of contract performance.
To learn more about G2G contracting or Canada’s firefighting capabilities, contact the CCC team.
“This letter of intent with CCC is an important milestone for Argentina’s National Fire Management Plan that demonstrates the success of the cooperation between Argentina and Canada. This cooperation began with the lease of a Chinook helicopter through CCC, which served in Patagonia and the Delta between January and April, with resounding success – allowing us to prevent catastrophic fires in both areas. And it continues now with this letter that will provide Argentina with three helicopters, as well as additional support for the National Fire Management System. With this visit to Canada, Argentina’s government, this administration, this Ministry of the Environment is laying the foundations for continuity in the fight against fires in the summer of 2023-2024” – MAyDS Deputy Minister Sergio Federovisky
“This arrangement is particularly relevant and timely considering the impact of climate change around the world. Canada and Argentina have not been immune to the scourge of wildfires. In this context collaboration between our two countries becomes even more important.” – Ambassador Reid Sirrs, Canada’s Ambassador to Argentina
“Canada has developed firefighting expertise and technology to combat forest fires in challenging areas of the country. CCC is proud to help the Argentine government to protect its people and communities with proven Canadian solutions.” – Kim Douglas, VP of Business Development and Marketing, CCC.
- MAyDS Deputy Minister Sergio Federovisky travelled with Carlos Silva, Advisor to Argentina’s Secretariat of Environmental Monitoring and Control, as part of a two-week trade mission to Canada.
- Argentina’s unique ecological and geographic diversity is reflected in its 18 “eco-regions,” which range from sub-tropical to Antarctic zones, the tallest mountains in the Americas to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Eight of these eco-regions have been classified among the highest priorities for global conservation. Currently, 11.6% of Argentinian national territory is protected.
- Bilateral trade between Canada and Argentina was valued at $1.3 billion in 2021, up 42% from 2020. Canadian exports to Argentina were valued at nearly $355.6 million in 2021, up 46.7% from 2020.
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