CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

August 20, 2009 12:36 ET

Parliamentary Secretary Sylvie Boucher Opens Afghanistan Exhibit at Expo Quebec 2009

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire – Aug. 20, 2009) - Today, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Beauport—Limoilou, Sylvie Boucher, opened Afghanistan360, the Government of Canada's new multimedia exhibit on Canada's combined total civilian and military work in Afghanistan. Currently on display Expo Quebec 2009, the exhibit features the ability to record short video messages to currently serving civilians and soldiers.

"Our government made a commitment to communicate more frequently on Afghanistan. This exhibit, which is traveling across Canada, shows the courageous humanitarian work being done by our civilians and soldiers in Afghanistan," said Parliamentary Secretary Sylvie Boucher. "All Canadians can take pride in the work their fellow citizens are doing to make a difference in the lives of Afghans. I invite everyone to come out to Expo Quebec 2009 to view the Afghanistan360 exhibit," continued Parliamentary Secretary Boucher.

The exhibit offers Canadians the opportunity to learn about progress in the six focused areas in which Canada is providing assistance in Afghanistan: training Afghan National Security Forces, assisting the Government of Afghanistan in providing basic services to its population, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, enhancing border security, facilitating political reconciliation, and helping the Afghan government to increase the capacity for democratic governance and national institutions.

The exhibit also showcases Canada's three signature projects in Afghanistan—the rehabilitation of the second largest source of water for agricultural irrigation, the Dahla Dam, the rebuilding or construction of 50 schools in key districts of Kandahar province, and our effort, along with international health partners and other donor countries to work to eradicate polio from Afghanistan.

For additional confirmed Afghanistan360 venues click on the Afghanistan360 button found at www.Afghanistan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    media@acdi-cida.gc.ca