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 also condemned the upsurge of violence in the CAR and urged all parties involved to exercise restraint to end the cycle of violence. Canada remains deeply concerned by the continuing political and security instability in the CAR, the humanitarian and human rights situation, the ongoing violence between Christian and Muslim communities as well as the impacts of this crisis on neighboring countries. Canada supports the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the CAR (MINUSCA) which took over the African Union operation (MISCA) on September 15, 2014 and to which Canada has contributed $5 million.

Given the protracted humanitarian crisis in the CAR, Canada has been providing humanitarian assistance for many years to partner agencies working in this country. In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance, estimated at $17.53 million for the Central African Republic, essentially targeted humanitarian assistance. The main Canadian partners involved in the Central African Republic were Doctors without Borders as well as Save the Children Canada. The main multilateral partners were the World Food Program and UNICEF.  

In 2013, Canada contributed $20 M to the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF), which is 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. The CAR along with nine other Central African countries benefit from the CBFF.

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

Commercial relations between the two countries remain very modest.

November 2014

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