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Canada-Suriname fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Suriname

General Information

Capital: Paramaribo
Population (million): .60
Total Area: 163,265km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 5.65 Suriname $ (SRD) (2019- Annual average)
National Holiday: 25 November (1975, Independence Day)
Language(s): Dutch, English, Spanish

Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral parliament: The National Assembly has 51 members elected by direct universal suffrage for a 5 year term. The President is elected indirectly by the legislature.

Head of State:
President Desiré Delano Bouterse

Head of Government:
President Desiré Delano Bouterse

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Yldiz Pollack-Beighle
Trade & Industry: Ferdinand Welzijn
Natural Resources: Regilio Dodson
Justice and Police: Stuart Getrouw

Main Political Parties:
Government (51 seats): National Democratic Party – 26, V7 – 18, A-Combination – 5

Elections:
Presidential and legislative, last on May 25 2015, next in 2020.

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Suriname Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 4.97 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 8,303.88 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.3 1.64
Inflation: (%) 4.39 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 8.6 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $29,634,378
Canadian imports from country: $20,421,520
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $87 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador designate Vacant

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Lillian Chatterjee (Guyana)

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 - Suriname
Year Exports Imports
2015 $84,646,886 $127,095,364
2016 $31,316,469 $10,464,414
2017 $29,520,714 $12,027,501
2018 $29,149,586 $11,929,024
2019 $29,634,378 $20,421,520
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - Suriname
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $4,110,720 $420,886
02 Veg. Prod. $911,853 $2,559
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $281,897 $1,917
05 Mineral Prod. $139,292 $19,671,288
06 Chemical Prod. $448,854 $62,573
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $1,552,743 $1,979
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $1,137 $235
09 Wood Prod. $21,029 $18,790
10 Paper Prod. $940,192 $40
11 Textiles Prod. $39,573 $62,488
12 Dress Access. $7,550 $51,809
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $379,638 $4,156
14 Precious Metals/stones $2,904 $404
15 Base Metal Prod. $3,190,845 $72,800
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $15,189,313 $34,921
17 Vehicles and Equip. $980,226 $3,736
18 Specialized Inst. $478,092 $6,953
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $249,946 $1,107
21 Antiques $ $2,879


November 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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