Canada established diplomatic relations with Zambia in 1966. Canada maintains an Office of the High Commission in Lusaka, Zambia. Canada’s High Commission based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is accredited to Zambia. In Canada, Zambia maintains a High Commission in Ottawa.
Canada’s relations with Zambia are based on decades of strong people-to-people linkages, substantial investments in the country’s mining sector, historic development cooperation and our Commonwealth ties. Canada and Zambia have cooperated closely on the issue of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). Since 2013, Zambia and Canada have co-led resolutions on CEFM during the UN General Assembly. Canada and Zambia have partnered on women, peace and security through the Elsie Initiative that focuses on police services in peacekeeping missions, and seeks to help improve gender inclusivity in leadership, structures, and policies.
In 2017 to 2018, Canada provided $19.33 million in international assistance to Zambia. The majority of Canada’s assistance is channelled through multilateral organizations or implemented by Canadian and international NGOs. Canada’s assistance to Zambia contributes to growth that works for everyone, supporting women and girls, climate action, ending CEFM, and education. Zambian students are eligible for various scholarships funded by the Government of Canada, notably, the African Leaders of Tomorrow. Canada is a proud donor to the Global Partnership for Education, of which Zambia is an important recipient.
Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, administered by the Office of the High Commission in Lusaka, Canada has provided support to local organizations to promote respect for diversity and human rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
Canadian companies are active in the mining sector and are major contributors to Zambia’s economy and government revenue with $8.9 billion in assets in 2018. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Zambia was valued at $24.1 million in 2018, consisting of $22.8 million in exports to, and $1.3 in imports from, Zambia. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Zambia were machinery, explosives, iron/steel articles, pharmaceuticals products and wheat. Top Canadian merchandise imports comprise mainly precious stones and precious metals, tools made of base metal and cobalt.
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