Canada has been represented in the Central African Republic (CAR) by the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon since 1962. Canada also has an Honorary Consulate in Bangui, Central African Republic. The Central African Republic has been represented in Canada by its Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., since 1974.
Bilateral relations between Canada and the CAR are modest. Following Séléka’s coup in March 2013, Canada called for a return of constitutional order and restoration of security throughout the country. Canada is very concerned with continuous insecurity and serious human rights violations as well as the growing humanitarian needs in the country. Canada recognizes the efforts of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union (AU) aimed at stabilizing the CAR and encourages all parties to meet the transition deadline to ensure quick return to rule of law and democracy.
Canada and the CAR used to collaborate in multilateral forums, such as the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), however the OIF suspended the CAR in April 2013 following the seizure of power by Séléka.
Canada achieves development results in CAR through its support for multilateral and international organizations. These include the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the GAVI Alliance (a global partnership which brings together private- and public-sector players for the immunisation and health development of children in poor countries), the United Nations Development Program, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Given the protracted grave humanitarian situation in the CAR, Canada has been providing humanitarian assistance for many years to partner agencies working in this country. The majority of Canada’s engagement in CAR is in support of humanitarian activities. Since 2006, Canada has provided over $24.4 M ($6.2 M in 2013) in humanitarian assistance to meet emergency needs in the CAR. Directing our support through humanitarian partners including Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Canada’s humanitarian assistance helps to address the urgent health, water and sanitation, food security, nutrition, protection and basic household needs of the most vulnerable in this country
Canada is also contributing to the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF), managed by the African Development Bank, to help local communities in forest zones secure sustainable livelihoods and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, therefore alleviating poverty while maximizing carbon storage - CAR along with nine other Central African countries benefit from the CBFF.
Commercial relations between the two countries remain very modest.
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