Ambassador Philip Baker

Message from the Ambassador

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia and Djibouti.

I am honoured to represent Canada as its Ambassador to these two countries, in addition to being Canada’s representative to the African Union (AU), which is headquartered in Addis Ababa.

Through our Embassy here in Addis Ababa, our Canadian and local staff work to deliver a wide range of programs, including consular services, political and economic relations, trade and investment and development cooperation. Through our honourary consul in Djibouti, we also offer consular services to serve travelling and resident Canadians.

The bilateral relationship between Canada and Ethiopia continues to strengthen. With the second largest population in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Ethiopia is a country of strategic importance to Canada, a country of focus for development assistance, and is a market of increasing interest to Canadian companies.

Canadian development assistance in Ethiopia focuses on food security, helping Ethiopia's most vulnerable to meet their food and nutritional needs and helping farmers increase production and incomes, and on sustainable economic growth, supporting extractive sector development and creating jobs by supporting small business growth. Additionally, Canada provides humanitarian assistance for Ethiopians affected by chronic drought and low level conflict, and for refugees from neighbouring countries living in Ethiopia, and Ethiopia is a key partner in improving maternal, newborn and child health.

We cooperate closely with Ethiopia and Djibouti on a range of economic and social development matters. We also work closely with them as partners in the United Nations, La Francophonie and other international organizations.

The AU plays an increasingly central role in African affairs and is the principal platform for African nations to discuss regional issues. Our embassy is strategically placed to engage leaders of AU member states on topics as varied as peace and security, climate change, the global financial architecture, international justice and the ICC, UN reform, and post-2015 development goals.

If you are a Canadian resident or citizen visiting, working or living in Ethiopia or Djibouti, please take a moment to register online using the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) webpage, or by visiting the Canadian Embassy in Addis, or our honourary consul in Djibouti so that we have your contact information in the case of an emergency.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about Canada and our bilateral relationships with our countries of accreditation.

Philip Baker

Biography - Ambassador Philip Baker

Philip Baker (BSc [Chemical Engineering], Queen's University, 1984; MBA, Queen's University, 1986) began his career with the public service in 1990.

He held positions at Environment Canada (International Affairs) and the Privy Council Office prior to joining the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2000, where he served as Director of the Environment Division, Policy Branch; Director General, Strategic Planning and Policy Division, Asia Branch; then three years working to launch 3D (Defence, Diplomacy, Development) initiatives as Director General of the Afghanistan Program, Asia Branch (including India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka). Mr. Baker then took a CIDA posting to Mozambique in 2007, where he was Head of Cooperation and Decentralized Country Director. In 2008, he was appointed Canada's High Commissioner to Mozambique, Malawi and Swaziland.

He returned to CIDA Headquarters in 2010 to take up his new role as Regional Director General for Southern and Eastern Africa, where he led a major ramping up of sustainable economic growth, extractives and development work for Canada; as well as extensive new Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programming under Canada’s 2010 G8 Muskoka initiative. In 2014, he took on new responsibilities to integrate the three streams of Trade, Diplomacy and Development, as Director General, Southern and Eastern Africa Bureau, in the newly amalgamated Africa Branch within the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.