Canada - Namibia Relations
Diplomatic relations and official representation
Canada established formal diplomatic relations with Namibia upon their independence in 1990. Canada’s High Commission in Windhoek was closed in May 1993 due to budgetary considerations, and Canadian representation to Namibia is through the High Commission of Canada to South Africa. Canada maintains an Honorary Consul in Windhoek.
Namibian representation to Canada is through the Namibian Embassy in Washington, D.C., with an Honorary Consul based in Waterloo, Ontario.
Canada’s proud and active engagement with Namibia dates back to the 1977-82 negotiations on the UN settlement plan. Canada strongly supported Namibia’s independence, gained in 1990, 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.
The total two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Namibia equalled $98.4 million in 2014 (Statistics Canada). As part of efforts to facilitate trade, a Double Taxation Agreement between Canada and Namibia has been signed and is awaiting ratification by both countries.
Total merchandise imports from Namibia amounted to CAD $87.5 million in 2014. The most significant imports to Canada are products of the chemical or chemical related industry.
In 2014, total Canadian merchandise exports to Namibia approached CAD $10.9 million. The majority of exports are electrical machinery, iron or steel containers, cameras, gas turbines, furnaces/ovens, instrumentation and bovine livers.
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. Dundee Precious Metals, a Toronto based mining and smelting company, is the largest foreign investor in Namibia. Its Tsumeb operation is the largest employer in the Oshikoto Region and is a contributor to the regional and national economies.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 98 students from Namibia were studying in Canada in 2014.
Canada does not maintain a significant development assistance program in Namibia. Namibia may benefit from various DFATD delivery channels such as the Pan African Regional Program; Multilateral and Global Programs including the International Humanitarian Assistance Program; and Partnerships for Development Innovations programs that support efforts of selected Canadian institutions, associations and non-governmental organizations working in developing countries. Local organizations can apply for support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
In 2012-13, Canada provided $3.01 million in development assistance to Namibia, mainly through multilateral channels.
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