Canada and Guinea established diplomatic relations on March 28, 1962. The Canadian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, ensures representation in Guinea. Canada also has an Honorary Consulate in Conakry, Guinea. Guinea has been represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa since 1980. Bilateral relations between Canada and Guinea are based on a long tradition of cooperation in the mining sector and their membership in La Francophonie.
With regards to the development assistance program, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) ceased to maintain a bilateral program in Guinea on January 1, 2009. Canada provides aid through multilateral organizations and Canadian partnership programs. Canada also funds small local projects aiming to promote human rights and good governance through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), managed by the Canadian Embassy to Senegal. Official Canadian aid disbursements in Guinea amounted to $6.41 million in 2010-2011. Development assistance focuses mainly on:
Canada has well-established trade relations with Guinea. In 2011, bilateral trade amounted to $85.2 million, of which over $27.1 million was exports and over $58.1 million was imports from Guinea. Canada has no trade agreements in place with Guinea.
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