March, 25 2013
March 25, 2013, Montreal – Ever since the Honorable Julian Fantino, Minister of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) announced the merger of CIDA with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry, CECI has been increasingly worried.
We are anxious about the impact this merger will have on the ability of the new ministry to fulfill international engagements that CIDA had made, and how it will maintain its mandate to reduce poverty.
We are also concerned about the uncertainty of public assistance for development, including what will happen to volunteer cooperation programs that are the only Canadian presence in the field for many countries.
Every day since the creation of CIDA, Canadians have been making a difference in the field and have contributed to the reduction of poverty throughout the world. "The trend of disengagement from Canada in this sector in recent years was already worrisome. We hope that this structural change will not involve a larger disengagement and are determined to collaborate with the new Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Ministry”, affirmed Mrs. Claudia Black, Executive Director for CECI.
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