January 12, 2008 10:34 ET

CIDA: Minister Oda Concludes Visit to Colombia

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2008) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, yesterday concluded her visit in Colombia. In Cartagena, she met with key partners and visited projects funded by the Government of Canada aimed at protecting children and internally displaced people.

She met with children and mothers at a nutritional recovery center in a poor urban neighborhood. This center is now home to many internally displaced people from the rural areas. The Government of Canada contributed to this World Food Programme project that is providing food relief to an estimated 200,000 beneficiaries this year and helping them re-establish their livelihoods.

Minister Oda visited another Canada-funded project in the town of Turbaco, which provides care for children who were sexually exploited.

She also had discussions with Canadian and international NGOs such as the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children Canada and Plan International Colombia. They talked about the challenges in the country and on how to better coordinate development efforts.

Minister Oda's visit follows Prime Minister Harper's visit to Colombia and the region in July 2007. During his visit the Prime Minister promoted the Canadian fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and articulated Canada's commitment to deepen our relationship with the Americas. Minister Oda has reconfirmed the Prime Minister's position.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Veronique Bruneau
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534 (electronic version of document)