In Montserrat, Canada has been represented by the Canadian High Commission in Barbados since 1967.
Canada's bilateral relations with Montserrat are limited due to its status as a British Overseas Territory. Overall, the relations focus primarily on trade and tourism. Canada has a cooperative partnership with Montserrat, a reflection of the broader historical relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom. As a British Overseas Territory, Montserrat’s foreign relations, defence and internal security are the responsibility of the United Kingdom.
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) supports a limited development assistance program in Montserrat.
With regard to Canada’s trade relationship with Montserrat, bilateral merchandise trade in 2008 reached $537 000. Merchandise exports totalled $398 000 including fish and seafood, wood, electrical and electronic equipment, and scientific instruments, and iron and steel products. Imports to Canada from Montserrat totalled $139 000 in 2008 and included electrical and electronic equipment, paper and paperboard, machinery, toys and sports equipment, and vehicles.
Discussions are underway between Canada and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which Montserrat is a member of, aimed at achieving a mutually beneficial trade agreement that provides significant economic benefits and takes into account the region's capacity constraints and vulnerabilities.
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