Bilateral relations between Canada and Liberia are cordial. Canada is represented by an Ambassador in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Liberian affairs in Canada are managed through the Embassy of Liberia in Washington.
Canada, like numerous countries around the world, welcomed the conviction on May 30, 2012 of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, to 50 years of imprisonment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which found him guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Canada, which chairs the Management Committee of the SCSL, has allocated, since 2002, $19 million to the Court, including $2 million in 2010 and nearly $1 million per year in non-financial support, in the form of legal expertise and investigations training.
Through the Global Peace and Security Fund of the United Nations, Canada has supported peace efforts in Liberia. During 2010-2012, $1.2 million was allocated for projects in Liberia to promote sustainable peace.
Canada has no bilateral aid program in Liberia but the country benefits from Canadian aid through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)’s multilateral and regional programs. Liberia also benefits from its partnership program. In 2011-2012, Canada contributed $8.95 million to Liberia.
Trade relations between Canada and Liberia are modest but solid, and expanding. In 2013, bilateral trade between both countries totaled about $45.7 million, of which $11.6 million in exports to Liberia and more than $34.1 million in imports from Liberia. Canada mainly exports machines, vehicles, auto parts and textiles. Liberia has significant mining and oil resources and therefore offers interesting business opportunities for Canadian investors.
Then Governor General Michaelle Jean participated in the International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment in Peace and Security in Liberia in March 2009, co-hosted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. President Johnson Sirleaf visited Canada in March 2007 and met with the Governor General, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. President Johnson Sirleaf also participated in the “We Day” conference in Toronto in September 2013.
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