Canada - Republic of Congo Relations

In the Republic of the Congo, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Canada and the Republic of Congo established diplomatic relations in 1962.

The Republic of the Congo is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Relations between Canada and the Republic of Congo are very limited. Canada encourages the Republic of Congo in its efforts towards national reconciliation and the strengthening of democratic values, human rights, and good governance.

Canada supports the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), an important regional forum to foster dialogue among the countries in the region and to implement durable solutions for peace, security and stability. Canada particularly supports the ICGLR taking leadership against the illegal exploitation of natural resources and sexual and gender-based violence. Canada encourages the Republic of Congo’s efforts to implement the ICGLR’s “Pact on Stability, Security, and Development”, notably the regional mineral certification mechanism.

In January 2010, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the Republic of Congo for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) status. In 2010, Canada forgave nearly $24 million owed by the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) through the Canadian Debt Initiative (CDI).

Canada supports the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), whose objective is to strengthen implementation of the Central African Forests Commission’s (COMIFAC) action plan for conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems. The Republic of Congo is a member of the CBFP and COMIFAC.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)does not have bilateral programming in the Republic of Congo. However, the country does receive support through multilateral programs run by the African Development Bank and La Francophonie, and through DFATD’s regional programs. Funding is also available for small projects via the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, managed by the Canadian Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance, estimated at $ 0.21 million for the Republic of Congo, essentially targeted humanitarian assistance. The main multilateral partner was the United Nations Refugees Agency.  

For more information on projects with the Republic of Congo, see DFATD’s Project Browser.

A good governance climate and economic diversification initiatives would help facilitate the development of trade opportunities in the Republic of the Congo. However, there are currently few Canadian investments in the Republic of the Congo and trade between the two countries is limited.

In 2013, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and the RoC was $21.6 million, consisting of $18.8 million in exports, and $2.8 million in imports. RoC was Canada’s 125th largest export destination in the world in 2012. The same year, RoC was Canada’s 144th most important source of imports in the world. Top Canadian merchandise exports to RoC include machinery, textiles, meat, motor vehicles, scientific and precision instruments, and tools, totaling $18.8 million. Top Canadian merchandise imports from RoC are comprised mainly of wood, base metals, cocoa, copper and coffee totaling $2.8 million.

November 2014

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