Committee members will know that as I took this mandate, what's paramount for me, and I think Canadians, is trade diversification. We know that more than 70% of our exports are currently going to the United States. The U.S. will always remain our largest trading partner because of our geography and the size of the economy, but at the same time, last year, on the 21st of September, we opened up the European market to Canadians, a market of more than 500 million people and $3.2 trillion of public procurement. As we did that, we looked east because we understand that Asia-Pacific is growing. We know the economy is moving in that direction, and we want to position Canada.
What I was saying on CPTPP is that it's not just a trade agreement; this is about making sure that Canada is front and centre to develop the terms of trade in a region with countries like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan. You want Canada to be there, obviously, to frame the discussion.
For example, under the CPTPP, we'll have an accession clause, which means Canada will need to consent for anyone else to join or for the agreement to be amended. Being front and centre, being among the first, gives us first mover advantage. We talked about the agricultural sector. I think, to your question, we're also looking south. We have initiatives with the Pacific Alliance, which is Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Mexico. We're also having discussions with Mercosur, which is Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
I think what you're talking about is a diversification agenda, which means allowing small and medium-sized businesses to access these markets. Canada represents 0.5% of the world population and about 2.5% of global trade. For us, opening up new markets not only ensures our current prosperity, but prosperity over decades. When you look at these agreements—and I understand some concerns that have been raised—you need to look at what the economy is today and what the economy is going to be in five, 10, 20, 30 years from now, and put Canada in a position where we will be part of these large trading blocs.