June 12, 2009 10:52 ET

Minister Oda Concludes Successful G8 Development Ministers Meeting

ROME, ITALY--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today concluded her participation in the G8 Development Ministers' Meeting in Italy. Their discussion centered on the impact of the economic crisis on developing countries.

"The economic crisis now impacting developing countries means that meeting commitments for support, greater coordination and getting real results is more important than ever," said Minister Oda. "Canada is being recognized for taking steps to make its aid more efficient, more focused and more accountable. Canada's call for increased effectiveness was supported by other G8 countries, and the African countries and organizations in attendance agreed that such measures will help developing countries weather the current economic crisis."

Over the two days conference, Ministers representing G8 countries were updated on the impact of the economic crisis on developing countries, and told how they canto support low income countries to meet the challenges they are facing. Much of the discussion focused on improved effectiveness and coordination among donors, in addition to repeated calls to meet their commitments they made at the G20 Summit. The meeting also considered innovation in development, the critical need for food security and the need to harmonize efforts and create greater consistency in development initiatives.

"Canada is among the leaders on aid effectiveness. Meetings like the G8 provide opportunities to share the steps we have taken and promote greater coordination with our partners," added Minister Oda. "Ultimately, that will lead to better results and greater impact in the global fight against poverty".

This meeting came in preparation for the G8 leaders to be held in July. For further information on the various G8 meetings, please visit the G8 Summit website:

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Michelle Coates
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office