Canada - Angola Relations

Diplomatic relations and official representation

Canadian diplomatic relations with Angola were established in 1978. Canada is accredited to Angola from our mission in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has a Consulate in Luanda headed by an Honorary Consul. To ensure that Canada is well positioned to participate in Angola’s economic development, a dedicated trade presence has also been established through the Canada Trade Office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Angola has a resident embassy in Ottawa.

Bilateral relations

Canada-Angola bilateral ties have steadily grown since the end of the country’s civil war in 2002, with increased engagement in areas of mutual interest. Canada’s engagement in Angola has focused on trade, particularly in the extractive industries sector, but also in terms of infrastructure, aerospace, power, telecommunications and water. Angola is experiencing rapid economic growth, with opportunities for bilateral engagement, including trade and investment, emerging in this dynamic market.

In 1999-2000, as the Chair of the United Nations Security Council's Angola Sanctions Committee, Canada helped limit the ability of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) to continue its military campaign. Sanctions helped to bring about a ceasefire agreement to end Angola’s conflict.

Trade and Investment

The country’s rapid GDP growth - which, according to the World Bank, averaged 11.9 % from 2005 to 2010 - is primarily driven by oil exports. Angola is currently the second-largest oil-producing nation in sub-Saharan Africa (second only to Nigeria).

Potential for growth in bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Angola is promising. In 2013, two-way merchandise trade fell slightly to $1.63 billion, consisting of $80 million in exports to, and $1.55 billion in imports from, Angola. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Angola include vegetables, textiles and meat. Top Canadian merchandise imports from Angola consist mainly of mineral fuels and oils, stone, plaster and cement products and optical instruments but the majority of imports $1.5 billion were fuels and oils.

Angola's post-conflict reconstruction needs are vast. Several Canadian companies have shown interest in the mining sector, infrastructure refurbishment, building and construction, agricultural equipment, education, transportation and the information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

Development Assistance

Canada does not maintain a significant development assistance program in Angola and there are no long-term projects planned in this country.

June 2014

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