Canada-Central African Republic Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between Canada and the Central African Republic (CAR) are modest but cordial.

Canada in the Central African Republic

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 in Canada

The Central African Republic has been represented in Canada by its Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., since 1974.

Common Memberships

At multilateral level, Canada and the CAR maintain ties thought international organisations, such as the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the United Nations.

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Canada has been providing humanitarian assistance for many years to partner agencies working in this country.

In 2014-2015, the Canadian development assistance, estimated at $31.51 million for the CAR, essentially targeted humanitarian assistance. The main multilateral partners were the World Food Program, UNICEF, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.  

For more information on projects with the CAR, see DFATD’s Project Browser.

Canadian Contribution to Peace and Security

Canada supports the United Nations peace operation in the CAR (MINUSCA) which took over the African Union mission (MISCA) on September 15, 2014. 

Canada is contributing approximately $31 million through its assessed contributions to the UN peacekeeping budget for MINUSCA in 2015-2016.

Trade and Investments

Trade Relations

Commercial relations between the two countries remain modest.

In 2015, bilateral trade amounted to $2 million.

The CAR was the 185th destination for Canadian exports and 175th source of Canadian imports. The main exports from Canada to the CAR are vehicles, textiles and machinery. Imports from the Central African Republic are mainly wood, machinery and electronic equipment.

Other Relevant Information

June 2016

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