Canada - Rwanda Relations

Canada - Rwanda Relations

Canada established relations with Rwanda in 1963. In Rwanda, Canada is represented by a High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Canada also has an Office of the High Commission in Kigali. In Canada, Rwanda is represented by a High Commission in Ottawa.

Canada and Rwanda collaborate on a wide range of issues, including environmental protection, peacekeeping, trade and investment promotion, judicial matters and cooperation within multilateral organizations, such as La Francophonie and the Commonwealth.

Canada notes Rwanda’s national reconciliation process and the progress it has made with respect to development. Our ongoing interests in Rwanda relate to promoting the importance of a pluralist society, respect for human rights, and seeking concrete solutions to challenges in the region related to peace and security.

Canada supported the creation of the Rwanda National University in the city of Butare. Post-genocide, Canada supported efforts to re-establish Rwanda’s social institutions and infrastructure. In 2004, the Canadian Parliament declared April 7 as a Day of Remembrance of the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. On April 7, 2008, the Canadian Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution to designate April 7 as a Day of Reflection on the Prevention of Genocide.

International Assistance

In 2017-18, Canada provided $28.36M in international assistance to Rwanda, channeled mostly through long-term institutional support to multilateral organizations with activities in Rwanda, and Canadian civil society organisations working, in partnership with local organizations, to improve education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as growth that works for everyone. In addition, in 2019, Canada provided support to the World Food Programme to respond to humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations, including refugees, returnees, and host communities in Rwanda.

Commercial Relations

In 2018, two-way merchandise trade amounted to $6.9 million, consisting of $4.3 million in exports from Canada, and $2.5 million in imports from Rwanda.

Canadian companies’ activities in Rwanda are concentrated in the education, mining, transportation, services and energy sectors. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Rwanda include vegetable products; machinery, mechanical and electrical products; and vehicles and equipment. Top Canadian merchandise imports from Rwanda consist mainly of vegetable products.

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