Minister Ablonczy to Travel to Central and South America

February 14, 2013 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), will travel to Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile from February 15 to 23, 2013, to further strengthen hemispheric relations.

“Our government is committed to deepening Canada’s engagement in the Americas in order to strengthen our relationships and develop economic opportunities for Canadians,” said Minister Ablonczy. “Through this visit, we will also address shared regional security challenges in the fight against transnational organized crime. Canada is dedicated to showing leadership, and to working alongside our partners, to the benefit of Canadians and people throughout our hemisphere.”

In Nicaragua, Minister Ablonczy will meet with President Daniel Ortega and Foreign Minister Samuel Santos to discuss a range of domestic and regional issues. This will be the first visit by a Canadian minister to Nicaragua since 2009. Minister Ablonczy will also visit two Canadian projects financed by the Canadian International Development Agency: the first is a rural development project, and the second is an electrification project in Nagarote, outside of Managua.

Minister Ablonczy will then travel to Ecuador to attend the inauguration of the New Quito International Airport, the Canadian Commercial Corporation’s global flagship civil infrastructure project. She will meet with government officials to discuss investment and commercial opportunities. Minister Ablonczy will also host a round table with members of the Canadian investment community.

Minister Ablonczy will also conduct visits to Colombia and Chile to discuss Canada’s growing trade relationship with those two countries.

Minister Ablonczy’s trip coincides with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s official visit to nations throughout Latin America. Over the course of their tours, the two ministers will engage with a total of 10 countries in the region in support of Canada’s engagement in the Americas—a foreign policy priority since 2007—and to advance democratic governance and respect for human rights.

For more information, please see Canada-Nicaragua Relations, Canada-Ecuador Relations, Canada-Colombia Relations, Canada-Chile Relations and the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

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