September 16, 2010 15:17 ET

Minister Oda Concludes Visit to Pakistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, yesterday concluded a trip to Pakistan where she witnessed the devastation caused by the monsoon floods, and met with Pakistani Government officials and international and Canadian humanitarian agencies active in the field.

"Given the magnitude of this tragedy, the demand for immediate humanitarian assistance, and the early recovery and reconstruction challenges that lie ahead, we reiterate our commitment to provide support," said Minister Oda. "It is encouraging to witness the resolve and determination of the people of Pakistan to overcome this tragedy, and Canada will continue to be there to assist them."

During the visit, Minister Oda met with Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Lieutenant-General (Retired) Nadeem Ahmed, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, and with other government officials.

Minister Oda also met with the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy, with representatives of the UN World Food Programme, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the UN World Health Organization. In addition, the Minister met with Canadian non-governmental organizations and had the opportunity to review the progress of the relief efforts and discuss the challenges in the delivery of assistance on the ground.

Minister Oda visited the affected areas of Sukkur, Thul, and camps near Kashmore, where international and Canadian non-governmental organizations are actively contributing to the relief efforts.

On September 14, Minister Oda announced $7.5 million in additional support for flood relief efforts in Pakistan, bringing Canada's contribution to $40.5 million and making Canada the fourth largest bilateral donor in response to the flooding in Pakistan. The additional funds announced will be provided through the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund ( Canada is matching the donations of individual Canadians to eligible registered charities by contributing an equivalent amount to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund. On September 12, the deadline for contributions was extended to October 3.

For more information on the response to floods in Pakistan, visit CIDA's website. (

Contact Information

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