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 an 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.
In 1995, Suriname became the second South American nation, after Guyana, to join the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Canada maintains close and friendly bilateral relations with all CARICOM Countries.
The Canada Fund, managed from the High Commission of Canada in Georgetown, Guyana, has been the main Government of Canada presence in Suriname. Canada’s development assistance program in Suriname is managed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
With regard to Canada’s trade relationship with Suriname, bilateral merchandise trade in 2008 reached $618.2 million. Merchandise exports totalled $11.1 million including meat, machinery, paper and paperboard, vegetables, plastics, and fish and seafood. Imports to Canada from Suriname totalled $607.1 million in 2008 and included inorganic chemicals, precious stones and metals, fish and seafood, mineral ores, spices, and coffee and tea.
Discussions are underway between Canada and CARICOM aimed at achieving a mutually beneficial trade agreement that provides significant economic benefits and takes into account the region's capacity constraints and vulnerabilities.
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