The Canadian High Commission in Bridgetown (Barbados) represents Canada's interest in Antigua and Barbuda since its opening in 1967. Canada has long enjoyed a good relationship with Antigua and Barbuda. This is due to a significant Caribbean diaspora in Canada, long-standing regional commercial links, and a long history of Canadian support for the region.
There exists a Social Security Agreement between the two countries (1994) and an Agreement regarding the sharing of Forfeited Assets and Equivalent Funds (1999). However, Canada does not have a Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) with Antigua and Barbuda. Approximately 10,000 Canadian tourists visit these islands annually.
Canada has a Military Training Assistance Program arrangement with the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF). Information technology has been a strong part of the program. The Canadian Armed Forces have had extensive engagement with the ABDF and have raised the level of computer literacy substantially within the force. In the context of Cricket World Cup 2007, Canada provided Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean countries with specialized assistance in the areas of border security and public health.
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