In Gabon, Canada is represented by the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon since 2005. Canada also has an Honorary Consulate in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. Gabon is represented in Canada by an Ambassador in Ottawa since 1971, and a Chargé d’Affaires en Pied since 2011. Gabon also has a Consulate in Montreal.
Canada established diplomatic relations with Gabon in 1963. Bilateral relations between Canada and Gabon are modest. The two countries collaborate in various multilateral forums including La Francophonie.
Bilateral trade relations between Gabon and Canada are growing. Gabon was the third market for Canadian exports in Central Africa in 2011. Gabon and Canada signed a Double Taxation Agreement, which came into effect on January 1, 2009. This type of accord facilitates investment in both countries and will likely lead to more Canadian investment in Gabon. Canadian companies operating in Gabon are primarily active in the extractive sector and engineering.
Gabon benefits from Canadian assistance through regional, multilateral and partnership channels. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) provides training grants to Gabon through the Canadian Francophonie Grants Program and supports programs managed by multilateral organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Canada also finances local projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which is managed by the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Canada is a member of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), whose objective is to support implementation of the Central African Forests Commission’s (COMIFAC’s) action plan for conservation and sustainable management of Congo Basin forest ecosystems. Gabon is a member of the CBFP and COMIFAC.
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