Canada – Nicaragua Relations
Positive development cooperation and the increasing trade and investment relationship are central to bilateral relations between Canada and Nicaragua.
Canada is represented in Nicaragua by the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica and through a Development program Office in Managua. In addition to managing the Development Cooperation Program with Nicaragua, the Program Office also provides full consular services to Canadians. The Ambassador is based at the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica, where the other embassy services are also provided and managed, such as general commercial and diplomatic relations. Nicaragua is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Canada has had a development program in Nicaragua since 1971. The program currently focuses on two development priorities: sustainable economic growth through rural economic development and support to children and the youth. From 2009 to 2013, Canada contributed $70.9 million in Official Development Assistance to Nicaragua.
2015 marks Canada’s 25th year as a full member of the Organization of American States (OAS). The OAS is the region’s premier multilateral forum and provides a crucial venue for cooperation with hemispheric partners. Being a member of the OAS has allowed Canada to deepen its relations with Latin American and the Caribbean at various levels. Canada hosted the XVII Pan American Games and V Parapanamerican Games in Toronto in July and August 2015. Canada is pleased to have welcomed athletes and visitors from Nicaragua and from across the Americas.
Canada and Nicaragua have a healthy trade and investment relationship. In 2014, two-way merchandise trade reached $376.2 million. Canadian exports totalled $28.1 million in 2014, including copper and related products, machinery, fertilizers, textiles and paper and paperboard. Canada imported $348.1 million including precious stones and metals (gold), knit and woven apparel, electrical machinery and equipment, coffee and spices, sugar, oilseeds and vegetables.
In July 2013, then Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird traveled to Nicaragua, at which time he met with several representatives of the Government. In February 2013, then Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy visited Nicaragua and had fruitful meetings with representatives of the Government, civil society and the business community.
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), announced by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Summit of the Americas in 2009, provides short term scholarship opportunities for students from Latin America and the Caribbean to study or conduct research in Canada. The program is notably predicated on Canadian and Nicaraguan institutional linkages, which facilitate the creation of scholarship opportunities. These academic agreements help foster research collaborations and student exchanges. Since 2009, there are 6 Nicaraguan students who participated in the ELAP. In 2014, there were 26 Nicaraguan students participating in exchange opportunities for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate level through this and other programmes in Canada, including the ELAP. In addition to the ELAP scholarships, Nicaraguan students are encouraged to apply for other Canadian awards open to all international students including the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. For a fuller list of opportunities, visit www.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca.
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