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 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.
Honduras is also becoming an increasingly important destination for Canadian businesses and tourists. A total of 137,858 Canadians visited Honduras in 2013 (51,374 from January to May 2014), 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 development assistance and benefits from Canada’s largest bilateral development program in Central America. Over the past decade, a growing number of Honduran workers have come to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, with over 374 workers coming to work in Canada in 2013.
In recent years, our deepening ties have been underscored by high-level contacts, including the visit in October 2014 of then Mireya Agüero, Secretary of State and International Cooperation of Honduras, who celebrated the entry into force of the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement and parallel agreements on labour and environmental cooperation in Ottawa. The Honduran Minister of Industry and Commerce, José Adonis Lavaire, visited Ottawa in November, 2013, for the signature of the Canada-Honduras FTA, and parallel agreements. The conclusion of negotiations of these agreements had previously been announced during the 2011 visit of Prime Minister Harper to Honduras, for which he was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, International Trade Minister Ed Fast, and then Minister of State (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy. The latter also carried out a bilateral visit to Honduras in March 2012. Then Minister of State (Americas) Peter Kent also travelled to Honduras during the 2009 political crisis to support negotiations to restore democracy.
Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Honduras reached $277.47 million in 2013, an increase of 9% over 2012. Merchandise exports to Honduras were $45.17 million in 2013, while merchandise imports from Honduras amounted to $234.31 million. Canadian direct foreign investment is prominent in Honduras in garment manufacturing and mining. Beef and pork market access was restored on November 5th, 2013, allowing Canadian meat exporters to sell their products to Honduras.
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