Canada and Bolivia established diplomatic relations in 1961 when Alfred John Pick, Ambassador of Canada to Peru, was accredited to Bolivia. Since then, the Canadian Embassy in Peru and the Embassy of Canada Program Office in Bolivia have been working to expand and strengthen bilateral relations.
Canada's development assistance is a key component of the bilateral relationship. Canada's bilateral development program supports Bolivia's national development plan, which aims to build a more equitable and economically dynamic society by addressing the social, democratic and economic dimensions of development. The bilateral aid program in Bolivia, which has a current budget of $9 million per year, focuses on two themes: “securing a future for children and youth” and “promoting sustainable economic growth”. For example, Canada helps to create economic opportunities in rural areas by promoting partnerships with the private sector, and by helping to strengthen governance in the extractive sector.
Canada also provides support to the strong community of Canadian civil society organizations working in Bolivia in the areas of democratic participation and health. In 2013, Canada’s contribution through these channels was $9 million.
For more information on current and past Canadian development programming in Bolivia, including a list of projects and stories from the field, please visit the Bolivia pages of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development web site.
The Canadian Embassy also supports efforts to strengthen governance and security through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
For information on the work of the Trade Commissioner Service in Bolivia, please visit the Trade Commissioner site.
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