Relations Canada- Niger
Canada and Niger established diplomatic relations in 1962, shortly after Niger’s independence. Niger benefits from Canadian official development assistance and Canadian Forces training.
Canada in Niger
In Niger, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Bamako.
Niger in Canada
Niger is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Niger in Washington.
Niger’s Students in Canada
In 2015, 160 Nigerien students had a valid permit to study in Canada.
Trade and Investments
Canada and Niger have a modest but well established trade relationship. In 2015, trade between the two countries reached almost $7.8 million (an increase of 60.9% compared to 2014). Exports of Canadian goods in Niger totaled $5.9 million including machinery, textile articles, motor vehicles and parts, and cereals. Canadian imports from Niger, consisted mostly of pharmaceutical products and machinery, amounted to nearly $1.9 million.
In June 2003, Canada and Niger signed a Memorandum of Understanding under the Access Initiative to markets for the least developed countries.
Development and Humanitarian Assistance
- In 2014-2015, Canada provided close to $30 million in official development assistance to Niger.
- Canadian assistance mainly focused on health and humanitarian assistance.
- The main Canadian partners in Niger were the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and a consortium comprising CECI, SOCODEVI, UPA-DI and Oxfam-Québec. The major multilateral partners were the World Food Programme and the World Bank.
- In response to humanitarian needs related to food insecurity and conflict with Boko Haram in the Diffa region, Canada has provided in 2015 a total contribution of $5.4 million to support the activities of the World Food Programme and CARE Canada.
- In July 2015, Canada announced a contribution of $20 million over two years to end the practice of child marriage, early and forced performed in several countries, including Niger.
- See Project Browser for additional information on programming in Niger.
Canadian Contribution to Peace and Security
- Canada, through the Counter Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP), contributes to Niger’s counter-terrorism efforts through bilateral and regional initiatives. These efforts include building the Niger authorities’ capacity in border security management, criminal justice in the context of the fight against terrorism, countering violent extremism in prisons, and building the capacity of Niger’s armed forces to deal with terrorist threats. These efforts are implemented by the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations Mission for integrated multidimensional stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA), Correctional Service Canada (CSC), and the Canadian Armed Forces.
- A Canadian Armed Forces team based in Niger also receives support from Canada to maintain relations with African partners and allies in the region, to provide counter-terrorism training to Niger’s armed forces to deal with terrorist threats and to participate in Exercise Flintlock. This exercise involves the armed forces of African and Western countries and is organized by the United States. It is held annually in the Sahel to improve counter-terrorism capabilities of the countries involved.
- In the context of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF), Canada and Algeria co-chair the working group on the Sahel. Niger is included in all meetings and training courses organized by the working group on the Sahel of the GCTF.
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