Canada's International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan (Photo Adrian Wyld/The CP)
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Canada’s Intl Development Minister Harjit Sajjan to visit Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Canada’s International Development Minister Harjit S. Sajjan on Friday said that he will visit Ethiopia as part of a three-nation Africa tour.

The week-long trip, which will begin Sunday, will also involve Egypt and Chad. He will be accompanied by Member of Canadian Parliament Arielle Kayabaga.

The Minister plans to engage with various officials of the three countries on “shared priorities” such as food security and “the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and the surrounding region.”

“I look forward to discussions with my counterparts and many partners over the coming days on how we can continue to strengthen our partnerships,” Sajjan said in a statement announcing his trip Friday.

Sajjan will visit Canada-funded projects, meeting with development and humanitarian partners and beneficiaries in Ethiopia and Chad.

In Addis Ababa, he will also meet with African Union officials in Addis Ababa as a follow-up to the first Canada-AU Commission High-Level Dialogue, which was held in Ottawa in October 2022.

Sajjan will also take part in the African Development Bank Group or AfDB’s Annual Meetings which will be held in Egypt.

“Canada is committed to working with African countries and key continental organizations, like the African Development Bank Group and the African Union, on shared priorities,” Sajjan added.

Canada is the fourth-largest shareholder of the AfDB, and its Minister of International Development is on the Board of Governors.