El Salvador is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa and consulates in the cities of Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Canada is represented in El Salvador by an Embassy in San Salvador.
El Salvador is an important partner for Canada in Central America and is a key country in Canada’s Engagement in the Americas. The year 2014 marks the 53rd anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Bilateral relations are positive and balanced across a range of foreign policy interests. Canada’s reputation in El Salvador is rooted in our support for human rights, democracy, socio-economic development and refugee assistance through the country’s most difficult years. The Salvadoran diaspora in Canada is one of the largest from Latin America at approximately 160,000 people.
Canada has supported multilateral and bilateral security and anti-crime initiatives in El Salvador through our Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) since 2009 and the Global Peace and Security Fund since 2012. For example, the British Columbia-based Justice Education Society (JES) has established productive relationships with the Salvadoran Attorney General’s office and the National Police Institute, allowing JES to provide specialized equipment and technical training in investigation and crime scene processing practices. Canada supports multilateral anti-crime efforts in El Salvador through the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Organization of American States (OAS). Following the announcement at the Sixth Summit of the Americas of the Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America (CISCA), in April 2012, El Salvador is benefitting from additional resources to address security issues.
Two-way merchandise trade totalled $152.9 million in 2013, an increase of 15.9% over the previous year. Canadian merchandise exports to El Salvador totalled $42.9 million in 2013 (a 23.6% increase from 2012) and included paper and paperboard, machinery, fats and oils, and wood and related products. Merchandise imports from El Salvador totalled $110 million (recovering from the 25% in 2011 and increasing by 13.1% from 2012-13) and included knit apparels and woven apparel, sugars, coffee and spices. In 2013, Canada’s bilateral trade in services with El Salvador reached $32 million.
Canada’s then Minister for State for Foreign Affairs (Americas), Peter Kent, visited El Salvador twice in 2009, including for the inauguration of President Funes, the most recent Ministerial visit to El Salvador took place in June 2011, when then Minister of State (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy attended the OAS General Assembly.
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