Canada - Suriname Relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Suriname have shared strong bilateral relations since Suriname gained independence from the Netherlands in 1975.  Canada’s longstanding development programming supports Suriname in achieving its development goals. Canadian companies continue to invest in Suriname, including the largest gold mine operation in the country.

Canada is represented in Suriname by the High Commission of Canada in Guyana and has an Honorary Consul in Paramaribo.

Trade relations

In 2021, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Suriname was valued $33.3 million. Exports for 2021 were valued at $23.6 million and imports were valued at $9.7 million.

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Development

Canada’s development program is focused on mutual priorities such as climate and economic resilience, sustainable and inclusive governance, the advancement of gender equality, and support for indigenous peoples.

Following the 2017 hurricane season that devastated the Caribbean, Canada announced the $100 million Pledge for Caribbean Reconstruction and Economic and Climate Resilience to support Suriname and the region in reconstruction and climate resilience, including strengthened natural disaster planning and response through organisations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

At the CARICOM Intersessional Meeting in February 2020, Canada announced an additional $61.5 million in new commitments for resilience, technical assistance and education exchanges for the Caribbean. This includes, for example, the Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism, which provides technical assistance to CARICOM governments, including Suriname, to help diversify and strengthen the economy, build climate resilient communities, and reduce gender and economic inequalities. Canadian experts also continue to provide important technical assistance in developing Suriname’s National Gender policy, providing project management support, and helping small private sector entities grow their businesses.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Canada redirected programming to respond to Suriname and Caribbean needs, including to address gender-based violence, income support and essential services, training and technical assistance for health professionals, as well as supplies and protective equipment.

Suriname also benefits from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and Canada’s support through non-governmental organizations and multilateral organizations, such as the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Security

Canada and Suriname share important collaboration in the security sector. Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCP) is active through regional projects aimed at strengthening cybersecurity; preventing migrant smuggling and human trafficking; delivering training on addressing illicit trafficking through containerized cargo and strengthening the gender accountability of legal frameworks pertaining to small arms. The Canadian Armed Forces and the Suriname National Army both participate in a multinational maritime interdiction, ground security and interagency exercise called Exercise TRADEWINDS.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s global challenges, Canada and Suriname work closely in multilateral fora, such as: