In Kiribati, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand.
Canada enjoys cordial bilateral relations with Kiribati (formerly called the Gilbert Islands). Relations are enhanced by shared memberships in international organisations such as the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organisation. Canada and Kiribati share interests with respect to fisheries management and both are parties to the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement. Canada is also a Dialogue Partner of the Pacific Islands Forum, to which Kiribati belongs.
With regard to development assistance, Canada supports small-scale community-based projects in Kiribati through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives administered by the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand.
Canada's limited trade relations with Kiribati are managed by the Trade Commissioner Service, New Zealand. Fisheries, copra (coconut product) and tourism are the main economic activities. In 2006, Kiribati created the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, which was expanded in 2008 to become the world’s largest protected marine area (410,500 sq km).
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