Canada - Equatorial Guinea Relations

Canada - Equatorial Guinea Relations

Diplomatic relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Equatorial Guinea in 1968, when the country achieved independence. Bilateral relations between the two countries are modest. Since Equatorial Guinea adopted French as a second national language in 1989, the International Organisation of La Francophonie has become the main forum for cooperation between the two countries.

Canada continues to encourage Equatorial Guinea to establish the rule of law and uphold due process, democratic principles, freedom of expression and the protection of human rights. Canada also encourages Equatorial Guinea’s cooperation with international financial institutions so that economic benefits from petroleum development are used to diversify the country’s economy and reduce poverty.

Canada in Equatorial Guinea

Canada is currently represented in Equatorial Guinea by the High Commission of Canada in Nigeria, in Abuja. Equatorial Guinea’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York serves as its representation to Canada.

Trade and investment

In 2017, bilateral trade between Canada and Equatorial Guinea reached $46.3 million.

Development and humanitarian assistance

In 2016-2017, total Canadian aid disbursements reached $400,000. Canada provides scholarships to Equatorial Guinea through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program. See Project Browser for additional information on programming in Equatorial Guinea.

Other relevant information

July 2018