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Canada-Burundi relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Burundi established diplomatic relations in 1969. In Burundi, Canada is represented by a High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, with the support of its office in Kigali, Rwanda. Burundi closed its embassy in Ottawa in January 2021.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Burundi have been very limited since the start of the April 2015 political crisis. Canada has made numerous interventions, domestically and internationally, to express its concerns to Burundian authorities on the human rights situation in that country. This includes the Full Government Response to the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Entitled “Division and Human Rights Violations in Burundi” and recommendations to Burundi in the third cycle of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in 2018.

Trade relations

In 2021, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Burundi totaled $2.1 million, comprising $1.5 million worth of exports to, and $520,376 worth of imports from, Burundi. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Burundi included vegetables, textiles, vehicles and equipment. The top products imported to Canada from Burundi were vegetables and textiles.

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In 2020-21, Canada contributed $17.7 million in international assistance to Burundi, the majority of which was channelled through long-term institutional support to multilateral organizations, including UN mechanisms specialized in the monitoring and reporting of human rights violations. To date, in 2022, Canada has provided $2.3 million in humanitarian assistance to Burundi. This assistance works to respond to the immediate needs off Burundians affected by crisis, including women and girls.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Burundi work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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