Canada - South Sudan Relations

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Canada established diplomatic relations with the Republic of South Sudan following the latter’s independence on July 9, 2011. Canada opened a bilateral office in 2011, and announced the establishment of a diplomatic mission in Juba in September 2014, appointing its first resident Ambassador in January 2015. In South Sudan, Canada maintains an Embassy in Juba. In Canada, South Sudan is represented by its Embassy based in Washington, D.C.

Canada supports regional and international mediation efforts towards a peaceful and sustainable resolution of conflict in South Sudan. Canadian government representatives have worked to support peace and development, including through humanitarian assistance, early recovery programming, peacekeeping and peace building, and diplomatic efforts to lay the foundation for sustainable development.

Canada is engaged at multiple levels in the country’s political process for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Canada co-represents the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Partners Forum at the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, the principal oversight body established under the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic South Sudan.

International Assistance

In 2017-18, Canada’s international assistance to South Sudan through all channels totaled $101.48 million.

Canada’s development assistance to South Sudan focuses on improving access to quality health services, with a particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights, reducing food insecurity, ensuring access to quality education and supporting inclusive governance, especially for vulnerable populations, including women and girls. Canada’s humanitarian assistance is helping provide emergency food and nutrition, water and sanitation, healthcare, protection services and shelter for vulnerable conflict-affected populations.

For further information, please visit the Government of Canada – Canadian International Assistance in South Sudan webpage.

Peace and Security

Canada has been contributing to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) since its outset in July 2011, to consolidate peace and security and help establish conditions for development. Since 2010, Canada has provided more than $17.5 million in security and stabilization support to South Sudan, including through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program since 2016. Current projects in South Sudan are aimed at a peaceful resolution of the crisis, through supporting efforts that reduce inter-communal violence, promote inclusive citizen engagement, and increase accountability.

Commercial Relations

In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and South Sudan totaled $10.2 million, consisting of $10.16 million in exports to, and $61,600 in imports from, South Sudan. Canada's commercial footprint in South Sudan is modest, due in large part to ongoing concerns about political stability. In 2018, the majority of Canadian merchandise exports to South Sudan were aircrafts or aircraft parts, followed by textile and clothing items, and sea products. The vast majority of imports from South Sudan were electrical or electronic machinery and equipment.

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