Relations Canada- Niger

Diplomatic recognition of Niger dates back to 1962. The Embassy of Canada in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, has been accredited to Niger until summer 2011, when accreditation was transferred to the Embassy of Canada in Bamako, Mali. The office of the Canadian Embassy in Niger was closed in August 2012, but this closure does not affect in any case the quality of our relations with Niger. Niger was represented by an Embassy in Ottawa from 1978 to the end of 2013. Since then, the Nigerien Embassy in Washington has been responsible for relations with Canada.

Relations between Canada and Niger are limited. Interaction between Canada and Niger is largely carried out in multilateral institutions, such as La Francophonie and the United Nations, and through our commercial relations.

Trade between Canada and Niger is modest. In 2015, two-way trade reached $7.8 million. (An increase of 60.9% since 2014)  Canadian exports to Niger totaled $5.9 million, including machinery; textile articles; Motor vehicles and parts; and cereals.  Importations from Niger to Canada totaled $1.9 million, including machinery; pharmaceuticals; machinery; aircraft and air vehicles and parts; and scientific instruments and apparatus. Currently, Canada does not have a trade agreement with Niger.

Canada responds to food and humanitarian crises in Niger. In 2014-2015, Canadian development assistance estimated at $19.28 million targeted health and humanitarian assistance. The main Canadian partners involved in Niger are Consortium WUSC-CECI, Oxfam-Québec and the Center for International Studies and Cooperation. The main multilateral partners are the World Food Organisation 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 $ 4.2 million to support the activities of the World Food Programme and CARE Canada.

Canada does not provide bilateral development assistance to the government of Niger.  Niger can receive Canadian development assistance delivered by international and other.

For more information on projects with Niger, see Global Affairs Canada’s Development Project Browser.

Canada, through the Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP), contributes to the Government of Niger’s counter-terrorism efforts. Canadian military trainers also accompanied Nigerien forces in their participation in the regional military exercise “Flintlock”. This military exercise, involving African, European and North American armed forces, is organized by the United Nations and held annually in a country of the subregion to improve the counterterrorism capacity of the countries involved.

In addition, since 2014, Canada has supported INTERPOL, via the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) in implementing a project to help a number of West African countries, including Niger, to detect and prevent human smuggling operations.

As part of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF/FGCT), Canada and Algeria co-chair the Sahel Working Group. Niger is regularly invited to participate in plenary meetings and training sessions organized by this Forum.

April 2016

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