Canada - Guinea Relations

Canada - Guinea Relations

Canada and Guinea established diplomatic relations in March 1962. The Embassy of Canada in Dakar, Senegal, ensures the representation of Canada in Guinea. Canada also has an Honorary Consul in the capital, Conakry. Guinea has been represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa since 1980 and is also represented by Honorary Consuls in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Canada's bilateral relations with Guinea are based on a long tradition of cooperation in the mining sector and a common membership in La Francophonie.

Canada has an established trade relationship with Guinea. In 2014, trade reached $61.3 million, including more than $10.5 million of exports and more than $50.8 million of imports from Guinea. Canada announced the conclusion of negotiations for a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with Guinea in December 2013. The FIPA was signed on May 27, 2015 by the Canadian Ambassador to Guinea, Mr. Philippe Beaulne, and Guinea's Minister of Trade Mark Youmbouno in Conakry, Guinea.

Since February 2014, Guinea is dealing with an outbreak of the Ebola virus that caused many deaths in that country. Canada was one of the first countries to respond to the epidemic of Ebola in West Africa. To date, Canada has contributed more than $112.4 million to counter the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, including in Guinea.

Canada does not provide bilateral development assistance to the government of Guinea. Guinea can receive Canadian development assistance delivered by international and other partners who may apply for funding by linking to the DFATD “calls for proposals” page. In 2013-2014, Canadian development assistance, estimated at $5.45 million for Guinea, targeted the following sectors: democratic governance and the involvement of civil society, agriculture and industrial development. For more information on projects with Guinea, see DFATD’s Project Browser.

The Embassy of Canada to Guinea in Dakar finances small local projects to promote human rights, peace and stability and good governance through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

May 2015

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