Canada - Tajikistan Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Tajikistan in 1992. In Tajikistan, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Astana, Kazakhstan. Tajikistan is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Tajikistan in Washington, D.C., USA.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Tajikistan are modest. Canada’s Foreign Minister met Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister in 2009 and 2010. Canada’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs travelled to Tajikistan in 2010. Most recently, in November 2014, Canadian Ambassador Steil met with President Emamoli Rahmom, while in Dushanbe to present his credentials.

Canada is a strong partner in development in Tajikistan, and has contributed over $50 million in development assistance in Tajikistan since 1994. Canada and Tajikistan have cooperated on many projects on border security and de-mining. Canada has provided direct training and equipment support to the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe, as well as more than $1 million in mine action support. Canada also provides funding to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) for a project focused on strengthening health systems in Tajikistan, as part of a regional program that also includes the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Canadian Embassy in Astana accredited to Tajikistan manages the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), through which funding assistance is provided to local NGOs currently active in Tajikistan. Over the past five years, CFLI has supported over $416,000 on projects that promote gender equality, prevention of domestic violence and early and forced marriage, LGBT rights, religious freedom, and anti-corruption.

Canada has been quick to respond to humanitarian appeals in Tajikistan, contributing more than $500,000 to mitigate electricity and food shortages in the winter of 2008, and $50,000 towards flood relief in 2009. Canada is also seeking to deepen collaboration with Tajikistan, both bilaterally and multilaterally, on climate change issues including adaptation and mitigation, and water security.

The two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Tajikistan totalled $14.8 million in 2015. Canadian exports to Tajikistan totalled $14.7 million, and consisted mainly of animal and food products, and machinery. Canadian imports from Tajikistan were minimal.

The investment climate in Tajikistan severely curtails Canadian commercial cooperation. A few Canadian companies have shown interest in the hydropower sector, and some limited cooperation.

July 2016

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