Canada - Burundi Relations

Canada - Burundi Relations

Canada and Burundi established diplomatic relations in 1969. In Burundi, Canada is represented by a high commission in Nairobi, Kenya, with the support of its office in Kigali, Rwanda. In Canada, Burundi is represented by its embassy in Ottawa. Burundi also maintains honorary consuls in Toronto and Montréal.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Burundi have been very limited since the start of the April 2015 political crisis. Canada has made numerous interventions, domestically and internationally, to express its concerns to Burundian authorities on the human rights situation in that country. This includes the Full Government Response to the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development  Entitled “Division and Human Rights Violations in Burundi” and recommendations to Burundi in the third cycle of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in 2018.

In 2017 to 2018, Canada provided $15.25 million in international assistance in Burundi, the majority of which was channelled through long-term institutional support to multilateral organizations, including UN mechanisms specialized in the monitoring and reporting of human rights violations. Canada also provides humanitarian assistance to respond to the immediate needs of Burundians affected by the crisis, including women and girls.

In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Burundi totaled $10.14 million, comprising $9.66 million worth of exports to, and $480,000 worth of imports from, Burundi. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Burundi included textile art, wheat, vehicles and parts, electrical machinery and tools. The top product imported to Canada from Burundi was coffee.

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