Factsheet : Eritrea

Official Title:
State of Eritrea


General Information

Capital: Asmara
Population (million): 6.50
Total Area: 121,320km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 11.32539 Nafka (ERN) (2016- Annual average)
National Holiday: 24 May, Independence Day
Language(s): Afar, Amharic, Arabic, Tigre, Kunama, Tigrinya, other African languages


Political Information

Type of State:
Presidential Republic

Type of Government:
Executive: President elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term). Legislative: Unicameral National Assembly (Hagerawi Baito) (150 members).

Head of State:
President Isaias Afwerki

Head of Government:
President Isaias Afwerki

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Osman Saleh Mohammed
Trade and Industry: Nesredin Bekit
Finance: Berhane Habtemariam

Main Political Parties:
People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ)

Elections:
Last: 1993 (presidential) 1997 (legislative).Next: n/a


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Eritrea Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 7.09 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 1,090.82 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.67 1.43
Inflation: (%) 9 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 0 7

Product Trade and Investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $325,050
Canadian imports from country: $13,502,661
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Eritrea: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Vacant

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Salah Eddine Bendaoud (Khartoum)


May 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Eritrea
Year Exports Imports
2012 $2,586,133 $372,705,239
2013 $1,269,623 $160,111,503
2014 $1,073,932 $26,256
2015 $449,624 $19,416,734
2016 $325,050 $13,502,661
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Eritrea
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $
02 Veg. Prod. $ $
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $200 $11
05 Mineral Prod. $ $13,467,738
06 Chemical Prod. $ $935
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $ $182
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $12
09 Wood Prod. $ $
10 Paper Prod. $3,360 $158
11 Textiles Prod. $32,824 $115
12 Dress Access. $ $527
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $ $6,475
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $
15 Base Metal Prod. $4,326 $181
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $137,680 $9,890
17 Vehicles and Equip. $ $7,850
18 Specialized Inst. $41,473 $7,398
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $12,237 $297
21 Antiques $ $354