Bilateral relations between Canada and Liberia are cordial.
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 (SSCL), which found him guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Canada, who chairs the Management Committee of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), has allocated, since 2002, $19 million to the Court, including $2 million in 2010 and nearly a million dollars 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 has been allocated for projects in Liberia to promote sustainable peace.
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has no bilateral aid program in Liberia but the country benefits from Canadian aid through DFATD’s multilateral and regional programs. Liberia also benefits from its partnership program. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), managed by the Canadian Embassy in Abidjan, provides support for community development projects or promoting democracy and human rights initiated by local NGOs.
Trade relations between Canada and Liberia are limited. Bilateral trade between the two countries was around $48.3 million in 2012. Liberia has significant mining and oil resources and therefore offers interesting business opportunities for Canadian investors. Canada is being represented by an Ambassador in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
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