Canada and Niger established diplomatic relations in 1962, shortly after Niger’s independence. Niger benefits from Canadian official development assistance and Canadian military training. In Niger, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada to Mali, in Bamako. Niger is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Niger to the United States of America in Washington, D.C.
Canada and Niger have a modest trade relationship. In 2018, trade between the two countries reached $6.7 million. Exports of Canadian goods in Niger totalled $4.8 million, including machinery, textile articles, motor vehicles and parts, airplanes and parts, and scientific and precision instruments. Canadian imports from Niger, comprising mostly chemicals and transportation, amounted to nearly $1.9 million.
Trade and investment agreements
Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Niger:
- World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA)
- Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
- Agreement on Trade-related Investment Measures (TRIMS)
- General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT)
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.
Between 2000 and 2018, Canada provided over $482 million in international aid to Niger through various regional and multilateral programs, including humanitarian assistance. Canadian assistance is mainly focused on health and humanitarian assistance.
Canada contributes to Niger’s counter-terrorism efforts through the Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program. These efforts include building the Niger authorities’ capacity in border security management, criminal justice in the context of the fight against terrorism, countering violent extremism in prisons, and building the capacity of Niger’s armed forces to deal with terrorist threats. These efforts are implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, International Civil Aviation Organization, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, Correctional Service of Canada, and Canadian Armed Forces in Operation NABERIUS, Canada’s most important bilateral military training program in sub-Saharan Africa.
Through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, Canada contributes to peace and security activities. Canada is supporting Niger’s mediation efforts with armed groups, regional arms management capacity, and for women from the Sahel, including Niger, increasing their capacity to integrate peace processes and become active members in conflict-resolution efforts.
Partners and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Niger work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
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