Minister Paradis Concludes a Constructive Visit to South Africa

Paradis confirmed Canada’s support for African countries as they look to manage their natural resources more responsibly and transparently

February 3, 2014 - Cape Town, South Africa - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Christian Paradis

On February 3, 2014, Minister Paradis delivers opening remarks at a breakfast discussion forum in CapeTown, South Africa: "Investing in Mining in Africa – Transformation, Challenges and Opportunities".

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, today concluded a successful visit to South Africa. During his trip, Minister Paradis announced Canada's support for a number of new projects that will help Mozambique and Tanzania better manage their natural resources to ensure they are the source of long-term sustainable benefits to their people.

"Sustainable, private-sector-led economic growth and poverty reduction are two sides of the same coin. That is why Canada is supporting African governments as they look to manage their extractive sector more transparently and responsibly," said Minister Paradis. "We are ensuring communities draw the greatest benefit from the development of their natural resources to create prosperity and growth across the African continent."

In South Africa, Minister Paradis met with African ministers, Canadian mining industry representatives, and South African government officials. He also took part in an event where the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) discussed ways of achieving effective cooperation.

In addition, Minister Paradis delivered opening remarks at a Canadian-hosted breakfast discussion forum entitled "Investing in Mining in Africa: Transformation, Challenges and Opportunities". Minister Paradis also attended a session that looked at strategies to fast-track the implementation of the African Union's Africa Mining Vision. In his remarks, he spoke to the importance of engaging the private sector in efforts to broaden the benefits derived from the extractive sector.

Quick Facts

Minister Paradis cutting the ribbon, surrounded by a group of people.

Minister Paradis at the official opening of the Canada Pavilion at Mining Indaba 2014

  • On January 29, 2014, Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai announced Canadian support for the African Union Commission to bolster their capacity to advance African development progress.
  • Recognizing that the extractive sector can be an important driver of sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, Canada has supported the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the creation of the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development, and has announced $15.3 million in funding to the African Minerals Development Centre.
  • During his trip to South Africa, Minister Paradis announced Canada's support to the following projects:
    • Extractives Cooperation for Enhanced Economic Development (EXCEED), a new DFATD funding mechanism to support large-scale development projects in the extractive sector in Africa
    • Energy Sector Capacity Building Project in Tanzania (partner: World Bank
    • Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique (partner: Association of Canadian Community Colleges)
    • Support to the Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources to Develop a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy in Mozambique (partner: Government of Mozambique) 

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