In Honduras, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada (Program Office) in Tegucigalpa. In addition to managing the Development Cooperation Program with Honduras, the Program Office also provides full consular services to Canadians. The Ambassador and other Embassy services such as Trade and General Relations are located and managed from the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica.
Canada and Honduras established diplomatic relations in 1961. The two countries enjoy a positive relationship, and Canada is perceived as playing a constructive role in Honduras, given our demonstrated commitment to democratic development, our important development assistance program, and extensive trade and investment linkages. Canada played a leading role in efforts to reach a peaceful, negotiated solution to the political crisis sparked by the coup d’état in Honduras in June 2009. 23,000 Canadians travelled to Honduras in 2011, and a considerable number of Canadians work in Honduras on behalf of Canadian and Honduran non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Honduras is one of Canada’s countries of focus for international assistance and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)’s largest bilateral program in Central America. The Temporary Foreign Workers Program has been successful and is generally viewed as a model that responds to labour and migration demands with clear regulations. Approximately 500 Honduran workers have participated in the program.
Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Honduras reached $235.31 million in 2011, an increase of 22.56% over 2010. Merchandise exports to Honduras were $49.18 million in 2011, while merchandise imports from Honduras amounted to $186.13 million. Canadian direct foreign investment is prominent in Honduras in garment manufacturing and mining. According to Natural Resources Canada statistics, total assets managed by Canadian firms in mining amounted to $146 million in 2009.
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