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Canada-Czech Republic Relations

Canada is represented in the Czech Republic by the Embassy of Canada in Prague.

The Czech Republic is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. Canada and the Czech Republic have longstanding and close ties. Canada sheltered Czechoslovak political refugees in 1948 and 1968, and offered steadfast support for dissidents throughout the Communist period. Since 1989, personal and family ties between the two countries have been renewed and strengthened. There is regular ministerial-level contact in organizations such as NATO, the OSCE and the UN. The dialogue has become as much multilateral as bilateral.

The promotion of Canadian values is at the heart of Canadian activity in the Czech Republic. Canadian interest in the Czech Republic, as one of Europe's cultural centres, is matched by Czech interest in Canada's bilingual and multicultural mosaic. The Canadian Studies centre at Brno's Masaryk University plays a coordination role for Canadian Studies programs in the Central European region.

With regard to current development assistance to the Czech Republic, the Czech Republic remains eligible for core multilateral programs. From 1990 to 2004, Canada's former Technical Assistance programme in the Czech Republic (1990-2004) worked to ease the transition of the Czech Republic from a managed economy to the free market and to help the development of open and responsible government and governance at a cost of $22 million. Projects addressed issues of good governance, private sector development, financial sector reform, and education.

When the Czech Republic entered the EU in 2004 and made a commitment to become an aid donor, it joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)'s Official Development Assistance Program in Central Europe (ODACE), whereby Canada helped the Czech Republic to establish its own development programme, including legislation and structure. The first phase of the ODACE programme focussed on capacity building and the second phase of the programme comprised trilateral cooperation in third countries. ODACE projects were all completed by the end of March 2008.

With regard to trade between Canada and the Czech Republic, Canada and the Czech Republic, Canadian exports (Canada’s 67th largest export market) to the Czech Republic in 2013 totalled CAD 134.8 million, largely made up of aircraft, helicopters and parts, machinery, turbojets, turbopropellers and other gas turbines, electronic machinery, medical instruments, pet food, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, iron and steel, plastic and non-alcoholic beverages. In the same year, Canadian imports (Canada’s 56th largest import market) from the Czech Republic totaled CAD 446.6 million, and consisted principally of machinery, iron and steel products, electrical machinery and equipment, auto parts, tractors, tires, medical instruments, sports equipment, uranium, glass and beer.

In 2013, Canadian exports to the CR increased by 15.3% versus the previous year, and imports from the CR increased by 8.43%.

Canadian investors in the Czech Republic include firms such as Bombardier, Magna, Molson Coors, CGI, Borealis a Adastra.

April 2014

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