Canada-Central African Republic Relations

Diplomatic relations

Bilateral relations between Canada and the Central African Republic (CAR) are modest but cordial. Canada encourages the restoration of peace and security, mainly through its support to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR. Canada also supports the CAR through humanitarian assistance.

Canada in the Central African Republic

Canada has been represented in the CAR by the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon since 1962. Canada also has an Honorary Consulate in Bangui, the capital of the CAR.

The Central African Republic in Canada

The Central African Republic has been represented in Canada by its Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., since 1974.

Common memberships

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

Trade and Investments

Trade relations

Commercial relations between the two countries remain very modest.

In 2017, bilateral trade amounted to $465,000.

The main exports from Canada to the CAR are machinery, mechanical and electronic products, specialised instruments, and food and textile products. Imports from the CAR are mainly wood, fats and oil products.

Development and Humanitarian assistance

Canada has been providing international assistance for many years to partner agencies working in this country. In 2016-2017, the Canadian international assistance, estimated at $23.64 M for the CAR, essentially targeted humanitarian assistance.

Canada also funds the Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership Project of UN Women at $10 M, which operates in four African countries, including the CAR. The project aims to improve the participation of women in the political sphere.

Canada contributes $13 M to the African Trade Policy Centre of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, which supports countries like the CAR to increase trade with other African countries through technical advisory services.

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

Canadian Contribution to Peace and Security

Canada supports the United Nations peacekeeping force which took over the African Union mission on September 15, 2014. Canada also funds the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund at $15 M, which has projects in several countries including the CAR.

Other Relevant Information

March 2019