Canada - Côte d'Ivoire Relations
Canada and Cote d'Ivoire established diplomatic relations in 1962. In Cote d'Ivoire, Canada has been represented by the Canadian Embassy in Abidjan since 1970. Cote d'Ivoire has been represented in Canada by its Embassy in Ottawa since 1972.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Cote d'Ivoire are close and cordial. The two countries frequently collaborate within the United Nations and la Francophonie.
Canada has a well-established trade relationship with Cote d’Ivoire. In 2013, bilateral trade was almost $518.1 million, including $38.1 million in Canadian exports (mainly aircraft and parts, cereals, and machinery) and almost $480 million in imports from Cote d’Ivoire (mainly mineral fuels and cocoa). Canadian investments in Cote d'Ivoire are substantial in the oil and mining sectors.
In its Global Markets Action Plan, Canada designated Cote d’Ivoire as an emerging market offering various opportunities to Canadian companies. In August 2012, Canada announced the cancellation of Cote d'Ivoire's $130 million debt as part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) and the Canadian Debt Relief Program.
The two countries signed a Double Taxation Agreement in 1983 and an Air Transport Agreement in 1987. In Montreal, on September 26, 2013, the Minister of International development and Francophonie, Christian Paradis, signed, in the presence of the Ivoirian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Letters of Intent for a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), announcing the conclusion of negotiations. Once signed, ratified and in force, the FIPA will provide greater predictability and certainty for Canadian investors considering investment opportunities in Cote d’Ivoire.
In 2013-2014, Canadian development assistance, estimated at $2.08 million for Côte d’Ivoire targeted health. The main Canadian partners involved in Côte d’Ivoire were SOCODEVI, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education and CAPRA International Inc. The main multilateral partner was the World Food Program.
For more information on projects with Côte d’Ivoire, see DFATD’s Project Browser.
Since the normalization of the situation following the crisis after the elections of 2010, several high-level visits have contributed to revitalizing our relations. Canada was represented by Senator Raynell Andreychuk at President Ouattara's inauguration in Yamoussoukro, on May 21, 2011. Then Minister of State of La Francophonie Bernard Valcourt visited Côte d’Ivoire in June 2012. In September 2013, the then Quebec Minister of International Relations, Francophonie and International Trade, Jean-François Lisée along with a delegation of Quebec companies and institutions, carried out a mission in Francophone Africa, including Cote d’Ivoire. The Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association visited Côte d’Ivoire in October 2013. Ex-Governor General Michaëlle Jean and ex-Prime Minister Joe Clark visited Abidjan in October 2013 and in December 2013 respectively. Former Quebec Premier, Jean Charest, participated to the forum “Investir en Côte d’Ivoire” in January 2014 in Abidjan. In September 2013, Ivoirian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, accompanied by the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, the Minister of Industry and Mines and representatives of the Ivoirian private sector, participated in Forum Africa in Montreal. The Ivoirian President of the National Assembly, Guillaume Soro, visited Canada in October 2012 to participate to the 127th Assemblée de l’Union Interparlementaire and again in July 2014 for the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie. More recently, the Ivoirian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles Koffi Diby, visited Canada (Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City) in September 2014. Later in September 2014, Ivorian Minister of Transport Gaoussou Touré visited Toronto September 26, 2014 as part of the transfer ceremony of the two Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The official transfer of the aircraft to Côte d'Ivoire occurred in November 2014.
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