Canada - Namibia Relations
Canada established diplomatic relations with Namibia in 1990, following the latter’s independence. In Namibia, Canada is represented by a High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, and an Honorary Consul in Windhoek. In Canada, Namibia is represented from its Embassy in Washington, D.C. Namibia also maintains an Honorary Consul based in Waterloo, Ontario.
Canada and Namibia maintain positive relations, and have a history of collaboration on shared priorities. Canada strongly supported Namibia’s independence, providing military peacekeepers, police monitors, election supervisors and technical experts. Canada and Namibia are members of the Commonwealth and the United Nations, and have a shared commitment to advancing important multilateral issues, notably climate change action, gender equality, and women’s empowerment.
Namibia benefits from Canadian international assistance through Canada’s support to key multilateral and regional organizations active in the country, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the African Union. Local organizations can also receive assistance from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which has funded projects in recent years focused on climate change and the environment, youth, and governance.
In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Namibia totaled $38.9 million, consisting of $14.8 million in exports from Canada, and $24.1 million in imports from Namibia. Canada has significant mining investments in Namibia and Canadian mining companies in Namibia demonstrate leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Namibia presents many investment opportunities for Canadian companies, particularly in the natural resources, power generation and infrastructure sectors. Canadian investment in the country is centered on the natural resources sector, with Canadian mining companies operating in gold, zinc, diamonds and uranium.
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