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Canada-Kuwait fact sheet

Official Title:
State of Kuwait

General Information

Capital: Kuwait City (Al-Kuwayt)
Population (million): 4.74
Total Area: 17,818km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.23 Dinar (KWD) (2021- Annual average)
National Holiday: 25 February, National day
Language(s): Arabic, English

Political Information

Type of State:
Constitutional monarchy

Type of Government:
Unicameral National Assembly (Majlis al-Oumma) of 50 deputees elected every four years, plus 15 Cabinet ministers.

Head of State:
Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah

Ministers:
Crown Prince: Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Foreign Affairs: Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasir Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah
Finance: Abdul Wahab al-Rasheed

Main Political Parties:
There are no formal political parties, but MPs may serve as members of factions according to ideology, sect, or class.

Elections:
Last in 2020.

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Kuwait Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 171.39 2,520.82
GDP per capita: ($) 36,188.15 65,944.96
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.31 4.56
Inflation: (%) 3.4 3.4
Unemployment: (%) 1.28 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $111,070,412
Canadian imports from country: $15,216,199
FDI in Canada: $2,187 million
CDI in the country: $9 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Reem Mohammad Khaled Zaid Al Khaled

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Aliya Mawani

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Kuwait
Year Exports Imports
2017 $166,417,135 $9,958,744
2018 $200,926,193 $39,112,055
2019 $138,977,548 $322,160
2020 $96,608,651 $277,095
2021 $111,070,412 $15,216,199
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Kuwait
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $1,850,293 $159,553
02 Veg. Prod. $13,580,996 $44,185
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $607,515 $
04 Food Prod. $10,023,131 $53,069
05 Mineral Prod. $49,093 $13,928,717
06 Chemical Prod. $14,353,613 $31,430
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $1,386,301 $2,015
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $512,157 $659
09 Wood Prod. $1,562,160 $2,515
10 Paper Prod. $179,847 $1,111
11 Textiles Prod. $2,843,579 $18,370
12 Dress Access. $243,319 $4,346
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,039,720 $207
14 Precious Metals/stones $85,074 $166
15 Base Metal Prod. $1,561,397 $22,558
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $34,040,156 $916,065
17 Vehicles and Equip. $11,375,524 $12,271
18 Specialized Inst. $11,469,201 $7,810
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,150,105 $
20 Misc. Articles $2,954,168 $9,146
21 Antiques $10,853 $


May 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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