Canada - Suriname Relations
Canada’s official diplomatic relations with Suriname were established in November 1975 when the former Dutch colony gained independence.
In Suriname, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Guyana. Canada also has a Consulate headed by a Honorary Consul in Paramaribo.
Suriname is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Suriname in the United States. Suriname also has Consulates in Toronto and Kelowna.
Canada and Suriname have growing bilateral relations, anchored in Canada’s goals for the Strategy of Engagement in the Americas:
- To increase Canadian and hemispheric economic opportunity
- To address insecurity and to advance freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law through capacity building
- To build a stable foundation for Canada’s engagement and increased influence in the hemisphere
Canada also supports efforts advocating for democratic governance and adherence of international human rights principles in Suriname, through engagement of key actors in dialogue and promotion of opportunities, and the empowerment of vulnerable populations. Suriname is a beneficiary of Canada’s Caribbean Regional (Development) Program as well as the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
Canada also maintains close and friendly bilateral relations with Suriname through CARICOM, the Organisation of American States and the United Nations.
As part of our goal to strengthen security and institutions, Canada is lending support to address public security issues affecting CARICOM, including Suriname, such as money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking and small arms trade.
Canada’s contributes to regional security activities throughout the Caribbean through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) which contributes to several international organizations, including the Organization of American States (OAS) and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on programmes to build regional capacities to combat transnational organized crime. The ACCBP has contributed approximately $20 million from 2009-2013 to Caribbean security programming, particularly on police professionalization and justice reform, combating illicit drugs, anti-corruption projects and anti-money laundering efforts.
Suriname is also a beneficiary of Exercise TRADEWINDS. Exercise Tradewinds is a multinational maritime interdiction, ground security and interagency exercise which focuses on countering transnational organized crime and practicing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) in order to promote regional security cooperation. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support and contribute to Exercise Tradewinds with equipment and personnel.
Canadian exports to Suriname in 2014: CAD $13.01 million (chemicals or allied industries; vegetable products; live animals; Paper products and Pulp; Mining machinery; vehicles; paper and paperboard, vegetables and cement).
Canadian imports from Suriname in 2014: CAD $120.7 million (base metals; rawhides; precious stones and precious metals, (mostly gold), bauxite, beverages, and fish and seafood).
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Canada ranked among the top 3 sources of FDI to Suriname in 2013.
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