Canada eyes resources in Nigeria and Ghana as aid shrinks

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Nov 16 2012, 04:46:10

Ottawa is boosting its trade strategy in Africa, tempted by investment opportunities in extractive resources and energy

With an initial focus on oil-producing Nigeria and mineral-rich Ghana, Ottawa is bolstering its trade strategy in Africa, but some within the international development and economic communities have expressed concerns about Canada's approach.

The Canadian government was criticised for cutting foreign aid a few years ago, and, in particular, when Africa felt the brunt. The Canadian International Development Agency ended bilateral programming in countries where aid efforts are hindered by high operating costs, including Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Niger. The agency also decided to reduce and concentrate its bilateral programming in five states, including Mozambique, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Yet last month, after years of viewing the continent as mainly a foreign aid recipient, the Conservative government announced a trade mission scheduled for January encompassing the extractive resource industries and the infrastructure sectors related to energy, power generation and mining.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

West Africa:   Ebola Leaves Thousands of Orphans (news)
UN News Service
30 September 2014

Amid a climbing death toll and widespread panic, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake, an official for the United Nations Children's ... [read more]

Uganda:   Pregnant Student Cries Foul Over Suspension (news)
Radio Netherlands Worldwide
1 October 2014

Several female students from a university in Uganda are crying foul after they were suspended for conceiving from Uganda Christian University (UCU) in the city of Mukono earlier this year. Sylvia ... [read more]

Kenya:   Youth's Arrest in Gang Rape Case Shows Kenya Tackling 'Epidemic' (news)
Thomson Reuters Foundation
30 September 2014

The arrest of a second youth in a high-profile case in which a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and dumped in a pit latrine, breaking her spine, shows Kenya is starting to tackle its "epidemic" of ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!