Celebrate Africa Day with a Message from the Prime Minister

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Statement by the Prime Minister on Africa Day



“Canada and Africa: Celebrating Strong Partnerships and a Shared Future”

Introduction:
As the world celebrates Africa Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlights the strong partnerships and friendships between Canada and African countries. The anniversary of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union, marks a significant milestone in the journey towards a more peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous African continent. Canada’s commitment to supporting African-led solutions and collaborations is essential for building a better, fairer, and more prosperous world for all.

Celebrating Strong Partnerships:
Canada’s deep friendships with African countries are rooted in shared communities and strong partnerships on the world stage. With over 1.3 million Canadians of African descent enriching communities across the country, the connection between Canada and Africa is vibrant and dynamic. The African Union’s membership in international organizations like the G20 strengthens multilateral cooperation and inclusivity, contributing to a more interconnected global community.

Supporting African-led Solutions:
Canada’s commitment to strengthening collaboration with African partners is evident in initiatives like the Canada-African Union Commission Dialogues and the dedicated mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa. By supporting African-led solutions to challenges facing the continent, from promoting peace and democracy to advancing climate action and growing economies, Canada and the African Union are paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Education Fit for the 21st Century:
This year’s Africa Day theme, ‘Education Fit for the 21st Century,’ underscores the importance of quality education in driving progress and development. Canada is working with African counterparts to support education initiatives, including sexual and reproductive health education. The exchange of talent and innovation through tens of thousands of African students welcomed to Canada each year further strengthens the bond between the two regions.

Conclusion:
On Africa Day, as Canada celebrates its 15 years as a permanent observer to the African Union, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasizes the shared commitment to building a better, fairer, and more prosperous world. The partnership between Canada and African countries will continue to grow stronger, guided by a shared vision of peace, sustainability, and inclusive development. Together, Canada and Africa are shaping a future where collaboration and unity pave the way for a brighter tomorrow for all.



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