Canada - Ghana Relations
Diplomatic RelationIn 1906, Quebec missionaries established a church in Navrongo in northern Ghana, thus marking the arrival of a Canadian presence in the country. Bilateral relations between Canada and Ghana are strong and based on more than sixty years of cooperation on the global scene, in particular in the United Nations and the Commonwealth. Ghana has established strong democratic credentials. Freedom of expression, a dynamic press and an active civil society are part of the Ghanaian political landscape.
Canada in Ghana
Canada is represented in Ghana by the High Commission of Canada in Accra since October 1957.
Ghana in Canada• Ghana has maintained a diplomatic presence in Canada since 1962, through its High Commission in Ottawa. • Ghana is also represented by Consulates in Burnaby, Toronto and Montreal.
Common MembershipsRelations between Canada and Ghana are based on more than sixty years of cooperation on the global scene, in particular in the United Nations, La Francophonie, of which Ghana is an associate state, and the Commonwealth.
Ghanaian Students in CanadaCanada is the home of some of the world’s top research facilities and academic institutions. Canada was pleased to host 1,380 Ghanaian students in 2015. Over 30 Canadian institutions and more than 1,500 people participated in Canada’s ninth annual Education Fair which took place in Accra in January 2017.
Trade and Investments
Trade RelationsCanada’s commercial involvement in Ghana features significant gold mining and infrastructure development. Through Canada’s Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy to Strengthen Canada’s Extractive Sector Abroad, the Government of Canada helps Canadian companies strengthen their CSR practices and maximize the benefits their investments can provide to those in host countries.
In 2016, two-way merchandise reached $265.3 million. Canadian exports totaled more than $252.3 million, while imports from Ghana reached $67.2 million. Main Canadian exports included cereals, vehicles and parts, machinery, and miscellaneous textiles. Main imports from Ghana included cocoa, wood, and vegetables products.
Export Development Canada has designated Ghana as one of its 4 key markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other elements of interest are the presence of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the existence of a Canada-Ghana Chamber of Commerce.
Trade Agreements • Canadian and Ghanaian officials have met several times in recent years to exchange and discuss proposals for a bilateral Air Transport Agreement. In October 2011, both countries concluded a MOU allowing for Canadian carriers to offer code-share services into Ghana.
Development and Humanitarian AssistanceGhana was the first country in Africa to receive development assistance from Canada in 1957 and remains a development country of focus.
Canada is among the top five bilateral donors to Ghana. In 2015–2016, the Government of Canada contributed more than $135 million in official development assistance to Ghana (from all sources).
• Canada's bilateral development program focuses on the following priorities: supporting climate-smart agriculture as an engine for inclusive and sustainable economic growth; improving access to and use of affordable and nutritious foods; increasing access to sanitation and hygiene services in under-served areas; stimulating sustainable economic growth through improving public financial management and reducing barriers to doing business; and promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Sizeable investments towards Ghana’s development are also made through Global Affairs
Canada’s two other programming branches, Partnerships for Development Innovation and Global Issues and Development.
In April 2015, Canada and Ghana signed a Mutual Accountability Framework to enhance transparency and accountability for the use of resources and the achievement of development results.
Peace and SecurityCanada supported the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, aimed at providing training and conducting research on peace and security.
Canada also provides training to the personnel of the Ghanaian Armed Forces through the Department of National Defense’s Military Training and Cooperation Program, which aims to enhance peace support operations interoperability among Canada’s partners, and expand and reinforce bilateral defence relations.