Armenia-Canada Relations [Politics]

The Embassy of Canada in Moscow, Russia, is accredited to Armenia, and Canadian officials regularly travel to Armenia to engage with Armenian officials on issues of mutual interest. Since 1997, Canada has also been represented by an Honorary Consul located in Yerevan. In 1995, Armenia opened an embassy in Ottawa.

Minister Cannon has met with his Armenian counterpart, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, several times, most recently on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2010. Minister Nalbandian visited Ottawa from May 31-June 1, 2010, at Minister Cannon's invitation.

Canada strongly supported Armenia’s candidacy to become an associate member of l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, which was accepted at the Quebec Summit in 2008. In March 2010, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for La Francophonie, Jacques Bilodeau, attended Francophonie celebrations in Yerevan, where he met with Foreign Minister Nalbandian. Canada had a strong presence during the 2010 Francophonie celebrations in Yerevan with the participation of Canadian storyteller Renée Robitaille in the Festival du conte francophone.  A delegation of French-Canadian poets and publishers will visit Yerevan and Gyumri from March 18 to 22 to participate in the "Le printemps des poètes,” one of the highlights of the 2011 Francophonie celebrations. This year Yerevan will host the International Association of Francophone Mayors’ Conference.

The Armenian government is pleased that Canada recognizes as genocide the tragic suffering among Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915. The 2006 recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Government of Canada had its basis in earlier parliamentary actions, namely a 2004 Motion in the House of Commons and a Senate Resolution in 2002.

Canada-Armenia bilateral merchandise trade continued to growth in 2010 due to increased exports but remains at low levels ($48.4 million). Merchandise exports more than doubled from 2009 levels ($8.8 million) to $18.5 million. However, imports ($29.9 million) from Armenia were down approximately 12% from 2009.

Canada-Armenia bilateral trade arrangements include an agreement on Trade and Commerce (1999), a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (1999), and a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (2005). 


Economic Information (2011)

Please note that the economic statistics reflect Canadian dollars and the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is currently unavailable.

 

Economic Information

 

Type

Armenia

Canada

GDP: ($ billion)

10.14

1719.95

GDP per capita: ($)

3042.79

49944.08

GDP growth rate: (%)

4.55

2.41

Inflation: (%)

7.65

2.89

Unemployment: (%)

19

7.47

       

 

Trade and Investment (2012)

Canadian exports to country: $13,600,396
Canadian imports from country: $79,958,023
FDI in Canada: (2011) $million
CDI in Armenia: (2011) $million

 

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador-designate Armen Yeganian

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador John Sloan

 

General information

Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Canada were established on January 31, 1992.

In January 1995 Armenia opened an Embassy in Ottawa.The Armenian Ambassador to Canada is Armen Yeganian (2011).

H.E. John Sloan is the Ambassador of Canada to Armenia (with residence in Moscow), who presented his credentials to President Serzh Sargsyan on November 2, 2010.

The office of Honorary Consul of Canada in Armenia was opened in 1997.

The inter-parliamentary Friendship Groups function mutually in the Parliaments of the two countries.

In 2006 Canada on the legislative and executive levels recognized the Armenian Genocide.

Visits

To Canada:

September 1999

Working visit of Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian

September 2002

Working visit of National Assembly Speaker Armen Khachatrian

October 2003

Working visit of the Delegation of Armenian National Assembly

October 2006

Working visit of Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian

October 2008

Working visit of Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (20th Summit of Heads of Member States of International Organization of the Francophonie)

February 2009

Working visit of Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan

June 2010

Official visit of Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian

March 2011

Working visit of Armen Movsisyan Minster of Energy and Natural Resources

 

To Armenia:

April 1999

Working visit of Minister of Transport David Collenette

May 2000

Working visit of Parliamentarian Delegation

May 2002

Working visit of Parliamentarian Delegation

November 2002

Working visit of Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East Gar Knutson

April 2005

Official visit of the Delegation of Parliament on the Occasion of 90th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

April 2010

Working visit of the Director General of European Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Robert Hage

September 2010

Working visit of Parliamentarian Delegation

Legal field

Agreements
• Between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of Canada on Trade and Commerce ( came into force April 1, 1999)
• Between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of Canada for the promotion and protection of investments (came into force March 29, 1999)
• Between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of Canada for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital (came into force December 25, 2005)

Protocols

• Protocol of Intentions (signed on July 30, 1998 in Ottawa)

Memorandums

• Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Armenia and the Department of Transport of Canada concerning the provision of technical expertise in the area of transport (came into force April 7, 1999)

Other

• Arrangement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of Canada for the employment of dependents of members of diplomatic missions and consular posts (exchange of Notes, April 7 and June 29, 2009).


Trade and economic relations

The bilateral relations between the two countries are largely promoted by the Canadian-Armenian Business Council (CABC), which was created to boost bilateral economic cooperation. Business partnership is mutually productive in the fields of mining, construction, energy, jewelry, light industry, high technology and IT.

Bilateral trade between Armenia and Canada (in US dollars)

 

EXPORT

IMPORT (by trading country)

2010

29560,9

13235,0

2011

70430.8

16840.4

 

Main exported goods

• Textile
• Non-ferrous metals.

 

Main imported goods

• Meat and meat products
• Processed food
• Paper
• Medicine
• Machine tools
• Тools

February 2013
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF