Canada and Côte d'Ivoire established diplomatic relations in 1962. In Côte d'Ivoire, Canada has been represented by the Canadian Embassy in Abidjan since 1970. Côte d'Ivoire has been represented in Canada by its Embassy in Ottawa since 1972.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Côte d'Ivoire are close and cordial. The two countries often collaborate within the United Nations and La Francophonie. Since the normalization of the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, several high-level visits have contributed to revitalizing our relations: the visit to Abidjan by the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (Francophonie) in June 2012; the visit to Montreal by the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, His Excellency Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio, and the Minister of State, Minister of Industry, Moussa Dosso, on the occasion of the Forum of the Americas in June 2012 and the visit to Québec by the President of the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire, His Excellency Guillaume Soro, on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) in October 2012. In September 2013,the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, participated, at the Forum Africa 2013 conference, in Montreal. At this occasion, the Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, the Honourable Christian Paradis, met, the Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, to announce the conclusion of negotiations on a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA) between Canada and Côte d'Ivoire.
The former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) terminated its bilateral cooperation program in Côte d'Ivoire in 2010. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) provides development assistance to the country through multilateral regional programs and programs of Canadian Partnership (including the Francophonie Scholarship program). DFATD equally gives its support to refugees and displaced persons by helping to finance programs of the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC), the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), DFATD finances local development projects and the promotion of democracy and human rights.
Canada has a well-established trade relationship with Côte d’Ivoire. In 2012, bilateral trade was almost $490 million, including $37.7 million in Canadian exports (mainly aircraft and parts, cereals, fertilizers, machinery, and vehicles and parts) and $451.7 million in imports from Côte d’Ivoire (mainly mineral fuels & oils, cocoa and related products, rubber and related products, wood and related products). Canadian investments in Côte d'Ivoire are substantial in the oil and mining sectors. They also signed a Double Taxation Agreement in 1983 and an Air Transport Agreement in 1987. In August 2012, Canada announced the cancellation of Côte d'Ivoire's $130 million debt as part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) and the Canadian Debt Relief Program.
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