Canada welcomes recent reforms, and supports a peaceful transition in Burma that respects human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
As announced by Minister Baird in July, 2012, Canada is in the process of establishing an Embassy in Burma, which will be located in Rangoon (Yangon). Canada’s first-ever resident Ambassador was appointed in March, 2013.
On April 24, 2012, Canada eased its economic sanctions against Burma. Most prohibitions of the 2007 Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations (the “Burma Regulations”) were suspended, including those pertaining to exports, imports, financial services and investment. Burma has also been removed from the Area Control List, meaning that exports to Burma of goods and technology that are not included on the Export Control List (ECL) will no longer require an export permit issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs under the authority of the Export and Import Permits Act. However, the amended Burma Regulations still include sanctions against certain listed individuals and entities and forbid trade in arms and related material along with related technical and financial assistance. Canadians and Canadian companies planning to conduct activities in Burma are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these remaining restrictions, and may wish to consult the Ministers’ open letter on doing business in Burma. More information is also available on our web page on Canada’s economic sanctions against Burma.
Through whole of government efforts, Canada is working to strengthen democratic forces and civil society in Burma, as well as addressing the humanitarian needs of those who have sought refuge outside of Burma.
Canada also works with Burma through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Burma is a member state and Canada is a Dialogue Partner, as well as in the security-oriented ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
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