November 30, 2006 12:09 ET

Afghan Government Minister Visits Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - His Excellency Ehsan Zia, Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development for the Government of Afghanistan, is visiting Canada from November 30 to December 8 at the invitation of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages. The visit includes stops in Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, where Minister Zia will meet with members of the academic community, federal and provincial government officials, business leaders, media, and members of the public.

"I am pleased that Minister Zia has accepted my invitation to visit Canada and to share with Canadians the positive work his ministry is doing to improve the lives of rural Afghans," said Minister Verner. "Canada is committed to supporting the Afghan government in its efforts to achieve long-term, sustainable development for all of its citizens."

"Canadians are providing much needed and appreciated support to the people of Afghanistan by delivering both security and development. Your continuing support is having a direct and positive impact on the lives of ordinary Afghans," said Minister Zia. "With assistance from countries such as Canada, my country is becoming more secure and increasingly productive as we rebuild rural infrastructure and improve the business climate."

The Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development which has a presence in all of the country's 34 provinces, oversees national programs that promote development and focus on delivering services to the rural areas of the country where 80 percent of the population live.

Canada's total allocation of development assistance to Afghanistan over the 2001 to 2011 period is nearly $1 billion.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Paul Enwerekowe
    Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
    Glen Swanson
    Senior International Advisor
    001 93 792 298 08
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534 (electronic version of document)