Canada-Central African Republic Relations

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.

From a multilateral standpoint, Canada and the CAR maintain ties thought international organisations, such as the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the United Nations. To be noted, following the coup d’état in 2013, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, as well as the African Union and the Kimberley Process, suspended the CAR.

Bilateral relations between Canada and the CAR are modest. Following Séléka’s coup d’état in March 2013, Canada called for a return of constitutional order and restoration of security throughout the country. Canada remains deeply concerned by the continuing political and security instability in the CAR, the humanitarian and human rights situation, the ongoing violence between armed groups as well as the impacts of this crisis on neighboring countries. Canada calls on all stakeholders to unite their efforts to restore security, the rule of law and democratic institutions in the Central African Republic. Canada also encourages the ongoing process of national reconciliation aimed at establishing a genuine political dialogue among the main stakeholders.

In 2013, Canada was the first country to announce its contribution of $5M to the UN Trust Fund for the African Union’s peacekeeping operations in the CAR (MISCA). Canada also welcomed the establishment of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the CAR (MINUSCA) which took over the African Union operation (MISCA) on September 15, 2014. Canada is contributing approximately US$18.7M through its assessed contributions to the UN peacekeeping budget MINUSCA for the period from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

Given the protracted humanitarian crisis in the CAR, Canada has supported partners to provide humanitarian assistance for several years. In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance provided $19.16 million to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in the Central African Republic. The main Canadian humanitarian partners supported to respond to needs in the Central African Republic were Doctors without Borders Canada, Save the Children Canada and Action Against Hunger Canada. The main multilateral partners were the United Nations World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and UNICEF.    

For more information on development projects with the Central African Republic, see DFATD’s Development Project Browser.

Commercial relations between the two countries remain very modest. The total value of trade totalled $820,567 in 2014. For Canada, in 2014, the CAR ranks 218th in the world as a buyer and 164th as a supplier. To date, Canada has not signed any trade agreements with the Central African Republic.

May 2015

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