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Canada-Jordan Relations

In Jordan, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Amman.

Jordan is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa.

Canada and Jordan have strong bilateral relations, based on common interests and values as well as people-to-people links. Jordan has demonstrated a leadership role in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East and has constantly promoted efforts to bring about an end to the conflict. As a moderate Arab state with a constructive foreign policy on key regional issues, Jordan is a natural partner for Canada and an effective interlocutor between the Arab World and the West. Jordan and Canada have shared interests on matters such as trade, landmines, peace-keeping operations (Jordan is the world’s seventh largest troop contributor, including in Haiti and Afghanistan), and the protection of civilians and denunciation of all forms of terrorism.

Following a visit to Canada by King Abdullah in July 2007, the conclusion of negotiations for a new Air Transport Agreement and a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) were announced. The FIPA entered into force in 2009, the same year that the Canada-Jordan Free-Trade Agreement (CJFTA) and a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement were signed.  

The Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on October 1, 2012 and is Canada’s first FTA with an Arab country. The Canada-Jordan FTA gives Canadians access to new markets, customers and partnerships, as well as creating stronger supply and production chains. It immediately eliminated tariffs – which ran as high as 30% - on over 99% of current Canadian exports to Jordan and will eliminate tariffs on a small number of other products over the next three to five years.

Current Canada-Jordan bilateral trade is modest but the general trend is increasing two-way trade, with Canadian exports to Jordan more than doubling in the last 10 years and Canadian imports from Jordan more than tripling. In 2011, exports were valued at $70.1 million and imports from Jordan were valued at $18.7 million. Canada’s top merchandise exports to Jordan were vegetables, wood and articles of wood, vehicles, and paper and paperboard. Canada’s main merchandise imports were knitted or crocheted apparel and not-knitted apparel. More information on Canada-Jordan bilateral trade and the Canada-Jordan FTA can be found on the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s website.

Potash and phosphate drive Jordan’s mining sector. Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan's stake in the Arab Potash Company (APC) represents the largest Canadian investment in Jordan.  APC is Jordan’s most successful exporter, creating thousands of jobs and providing hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties, dividends, and taxes to the Jordanian government.  Canada’s current commercial priorities for Jordan include Information and communications technologies, agriculture, and support for new and existing Canadian direct investments.

Canada’s aid programs have responded to Jordan’s request for Canadian expertise in modernizing its educational system and its labour market management systems, two areas where the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has been active for a number of years with success.

Through focussed and strategic assistance provided by DFATD, Canada has become a leader in international support to Jordan's education and skills for employment sectors with annual bilateral disbursements averaging $7 million. DFATD programming focuses on education reform and job skills development, with a significant emphasis on women’s empowerment. In May 2010, DFATD announced a $20 million investment in the second phase of the Education Reform for a Knowledge Economy project (ERfKE II) which seeks to improve the school environment, upgrade curricula and set up a unit on gender equality at the Ministry of Education.  On May 19, 2012, at the G8-Summit in the United States, Prime Minister Harper announced the Jordan-Canada Partnership for Youth Empowerment and Employability project, which will contribute to efforts to create jobs for young women and men by improving their access to education and skills training.  For more information on Canada’s development programme in the country, please consult DFATD’s web page for Jordan.

Jordan was one of the first parties to the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel mines and, partly thanks to Canada’s support, celebrated achieving “mine-free” status in April 2012 - the first country in the region to do so.

June 2012

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