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 Conakry, Guinea. Guinea is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa since 1980 and an Honorary Consul in Montreal. 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 2013, trade reached $64.2 million, including more than $14 million of exports and nearly $50 million of imports from Guinea. Canada announced the conclusion of negociations for a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with Guinea in December 2013. The process is on track for signature and ratification of the FIPA.
Since February 2014, Guinea is dealing with an outbreak of the Ebola virus that caused more than 1,000 deaths so far in that country. Canada has already provided $88.5 million as part of the current efforts to support the sanitary, humanitarian and security interventions to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Canada has also deployed mobile laboratories and experts, in addition to providing doses of an experimental vaccine as well as protective equipment to the WHO.
In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance, estimated at $0.89 million for Guinea, targeted the following sectors: democratic governance and the involvement of civil society, agriculture and industrial development. The main Canadian partner in Guinea was the Consortium WUSC-CECI. The main multilateral partner was the United Nations Refugees Agency.
The Canadian Embassy finances small local projects to promote human rights, peace and stability and good governance through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) and other bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.
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