Canadian diplomatic relations with Angola were established in 1978. Canada is accredited to Angola from our Embassy 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.
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. As the threat of renewed civil war has diminished, Canada has focused on trade, particularly in the extractive industries sector. Angola is experiencing rapid economic growth, with opportunities for bilateral engagement, including trade and investment, emerging in this dynamic market.
In 2004, the two governments signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Strengthened Bilateral Relations to enhance trade and investment ties, and to strengthen political dialogue and cooperation in two areas: good governance, and public sector capacity building.
In 1999-2000, as the Chair of the United Nations Security Council's Angola Sanctions Committee, Canada helped limit UNITA's (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) ability to continue its military campaign. Sanctions helped to bring about a ceasefire agreement to end Angola’s conflict.
Canada does not maintain a bilateral development assistance program in Angola. However, funding for small scale, grassroots development initiatives in Canadian priority areas is available to Angolan grassroots organisations through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. In addition, CIDA provides Angola with humanitarian assistance through multilateral institutions, including the World Food Program.
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. 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.
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