Canada-Gabon Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between Canada and Gabon are modest but show potential for growth.

Canada in Gabon

Canada established diplomatic relations with Gabon in 1963. In Gabon, Canada is represented by the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon since 2005. Canada also has an Honorary Consulate in Libreville, the capital of Gabon.

Gabon in Canada

Gabon has been represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa since 1971 and also has an Honorary Consul in Montréal.

Common Memberships

At multilateral level, Canada and Gabon maintain ties thought international organisations, such as the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the United Nations.

Trade and Investments

Trade Relations

Bilateral trade relations between Gabon and Canada are modest.

In 2017, two-way merchandise trade stood at $12.2 million consisting of nearly $10.7 million in exports and more than $1.5 million in imports from Gabon. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Gabon included animal products, machinery, vehicle and equipment. Top Canadian merchandise imports from Gabon comprised rubber products, wood and machinery.

Trade Agreements

Canada and Gabon signed an Avoidance of Double Taxation Convention on November 14, 2002, which came into effect on January 1, 2009.

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

In 2016-2017, Canadian international assistance was estimated at $500,000 for Gabon.

Canada supports Gabon through the Canadian Francophonie scholarship program. Since 1987, this support has facilitated access to university education for 77 Gabonese in areas such as public and school administration. Through the Canadian African Leaders of tomorrow program, Gabonese students can also receive scholarships to continue their higher education in Canada.

For more information on the distribution of aid in Gabon, see the Statistical Reports on International Assistance. For more information on specific projects in Gabon, see GAC’s Project Browser.

Other Relevant Information

 

March 2019