Canada and Egypt relations
Canada and Egypt share a respectful and beneficial partnership, founded on the following common interests:
- peace, stability and security in the Middle East
- development cooperation
- cross-cultural understanding
- growing trade relations
The key issues in our relationship are:
- the promotion of democratic governance, pluralism and human rights (including the rights of women and girls, and the freedom of expression and association)
- international trade
- countering terrorism, including through the Global Coalition against Daesh
- international peacekeeping, including the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai
- multilateral cooperation, including with La Francophonie
- cultural promotion, exchanges and education
Canada is an important destination for Egyptian emigrants, and there are now vibrant Egyptian-Canadian communities all across Canada.
Canada supports development projects in Egypt by partnering with local and international organizations. Canada’s development assistance in Egypt focusses on:
- sustainable economic growth
- private sector development and employment for youth and women
- access to education for vulnerable Egyptian and Syrian refugee children
Canada’s funding has helped build the capacity of Egyptian institutions to train young people in entrepreneurship, to deliver technical and vocational training and to run employment fairs and job search clubs in remote regions of the country.
Canada also funds initiatives to distribute supplies to students, expand school feeding programs, train teachers and school staff, and offer learning camps for children, which have improved access to education for Egyptian and Syrian children in over 400 schools.
Commerce and investment
Two-way trade between Canada and Egypt has been growing in recent years, totalling $1.36 billion CAD in 2016.
Agricultural and food products account for roughly one third of Canada’s exports to Egypt. Heavy machinery, oil and gas, and paper products are also significant Canadian exports to Egypt.
Imports of precious stones account for approximately 90% of Canada's imports from Egypt. Other top import commodities are textiles, apparel, and agricultural products.
In the education sector, Canadian institutions and their Egyptian partners are offering Canadian-based curricula and degrees from Canadian universities. Additionally, over 1,800 Egyptian students currently study in Canada at the secondary or post-secondary level.
Canadian firms have sizeable investments in Egypt in petrochemicals, oil and gas, security and tourism.
Canada and Egypt signed a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in 1997.
- Canada's international assistance in Egypt
- Trade and investment agreements between Canada and Egypt
- Canada's Middle East engagement strategy
- Operation CALUMET
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