Diplomatic relations and official representation
Canadian established formal diplomatic relations with Namibia in 1990 at their independence. Canada is accredited to Namibia through our High Commission in South Africa, with an Honorary Consulate located in Windhoek.
Namibia is accredited to Canada through the Namibian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and has an Honorary Consul based in Waterloo, Ontario.
Canada’s proud and active engagement with Namibia dates from 1977-82 negotiations on the UN settlement plan. Canada actively supported Namibia’s independence in 1989-90 and provided military peacekeepers, police monitors, election supervisors and technical experts.
On the global stage, there are a number of areas in which Canada and Namibia actively cooperate. These include the Kimberley Process (to control the trade in conflict diamonds), initiatives to control high seas overfishing, and the commercial seal harvest.
While the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) does not maintain a significant assistance program in Namibia, funding for small scale, grassroots development initiatives in Canadian priority areas is available to Namibian organisations through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. In addition, Canada provides Namibia with assistance through multilateral agencies. There are also a number of Canadian organizations working in Namibia that are supported by the Canadian International Development Agency
Since 1969, CIDA has disbursed more than $60 million through its various delivery channels for development activities in Namibia.
Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Namibia was $238.2 million in 2011 with Canadian imports from Namibia accounting for $230.3 million of that, largely uranium oxides. Canadian exports to Namibia include cereals and machinery.
There are significant opportunities for investment in Namibia especially in the natural resources and mining sectors. Currently, the major focus for Canadian investors is mining, particularly diamonds and uranium. Cumulative Canadian foreign direct investment in Namibia reached $20 million at the end of 2010, most of that in mining sector.
As part of efforts to facilitate trade, a Double Taxation Agreement between Canada and Namibia was signed in March 2010.