Canada - Liberia Relations
Bilateral relations between Canada and Liberia are good, but limited. The two countries maintain a dialogue through multilateral fora.
Diplomatic relations were established with Liberia in 1971. Canada covers the country through the Canadian Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Liberian affairs in Canada have been managed through the Embassy of Liberia in Washington since 1971.
Trade relations between Canada and Liberia are modest but solid. In 2014, Canada’s bilateral merchandise trade with Liberia totalled over $49 million, consisting of nearly $13.8 million in exports to, and more than $35.5 million in imports from, Liberia. Top Canadian exports to Liberia include machinery; vehicles and parts; and textiles. Liberia continues to have a challenging business environment, characterized by low human capital, poor physical infrastructure, limited access to financial services. The registration of property and land titles also remains an issue, making it difficult for investors to access credit.
In 2013-2014, Canadian development assistance, estimated at $6.59 million for Liberia, targeted health. The main Canadian partner involved in Liberia was the Canadian Red Cross Society and, secondarily, Right to Play International and World Relief Canada. The main multilateral partner was the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Canada has already contributed over $109 million in support of the health, security and humanitarian interventions to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Canada also deployed mobile laboratories and experts, in addition to providing doses of an experimental vaccine and personal protective equipment to the World Health Organization (WHO).
To fight the spread of the Ebola virus, Canada did not process any new worker, student, visitor or permanent resident visa applications from Liberia between October 31, 2014 and May 11, 2015, when the WHO declared the outbreak in this country to be over.
Canada does not provide bilateral development assistance to the government of Liberia. Liberia can receive Canadian development assistance delivered by international and other partners.
Then Governor General Michaëlle 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 then 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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