Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Central American prosperity and security conference in Miami

News Release

June 15, 2017 - Oulu, Finland - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in Central America through programming that addresses economic, security and governance challenges and enhances regional cooperation.

As part of this commitment, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced she will participate in the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America on June 16, 2017, in Miami, Florida.

Convened by the United States’ Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, and Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, in partnership with Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray Caso, and Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the conference will bring together government officials and business leaders from Central America, the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Discussions at the conference will focus on challenges and opportunities facing the people of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, also known as Central America’s Northern Triangle. The conference’s goal is to build a safer and more prosperous region capable of creating jobs and overcoming the challenges presented by transnational crime.


“This conference provides us with an opportunity to ensure effective coordination and cooperation in support of people in Central America. Canada’s participation in addressing security and development challenges in the region is essential for a safer hemisphere that will benefit all citizens in the Americas, including Canadians.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • Central American countries—especially the Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—have been particularly affected by violence associated with criminal activity and have some of the highest homicide rates in the world. 

  • Canada’s engagement and programming in the region seeks to improve the lives of the most vulnerable, especially women and Indigenous peoples. It is aligned with the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle, designed by the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to address the root causes of violence, insecurity and migration.

  • Canada’s security-related programming in Central America provides support for projects and institutions, such as the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala and the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, that address illicit trafficking of goods and people, money laundering, corruption, security system reform and crime prevention. 

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