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. A total of 24,891 Canadians visited Honduras from January to October 2013, with an additional 36,853 Canadians entering the country by cruise ship over the same period, 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 is the 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 300 workers coming to work in Canada in 2012.
In recent years, our deepening ties have been underscored by high-level contacts, including the visit of the Honduran Minister of Industry and Commerce, José Adonis Lavaire, to Ottawa in November, 2013, for the signature of the Canada-Honduras FTA, and parallel labour and environmental cooperation 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 made 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 $257.29 million in 2012, an increase of 9% over 2011. Merchandise exports to Honduras were $38.64 million in 2012, while merchandise imports from Honduras amounted to $218.65 million. Canadian direct foreign investment is prominent in Honduras in garment manufacturing and mining. Beef and pork market access was restored on November 2013, allowing Canadian meat exporters to sell their products to Honduras.
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