Minister Sajjan to travel to Bangladesh, Philippines and Qatar

News release

February 22, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, today announced that he will travel to Bangladesh, the Philippines and Qatar from February 24 to March 5, 2023. In the Philippines, he will be accompanied by Rechie Valdez, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Streetsville.

During his visit, Minister Sajjan will engage with various officials on shared priorities such as climate action, food security, green and inclusive growth, disaster response and readiness, and advancing gender equality. In Bangladesh and the Philippines, he will also visit Canada-funded projects and meet with development and humanitarian partners and beneficiaries. He will discuss potential areas of cooperation aligned with Canada’s recently announced Indo-Pacific Strategy and, in Bangladesh, Canada’s strategy to respond to the Rohingya and Myanmar crises.

While in Qatar, Minister Sajjan will take part in the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, at which he will highlight Canada’s partnerships that aim to reduce poverty and advance sustainable development in least developed countries. 


“Our world is facing the effects of climate change and food insecurity, as well as increasing humanitarian needs. I look forward to working with my counterparts and many partners over the coming days to discuss how we can continue to work together to effectively address these shared priorities.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • Canada is a long-standing development partner of Bangladesh. Current programming supports mutual priorities in the areas of gender equality, including the empowerment of women and girls; health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights; and skills training and support to the ready-made garment sector.

  • Canada and the Philippines share a long-standing partnership in international assistance cooperation. Current programming aligns with the development priorities of the Philippines and focuses on gender equality, economic development, health, inclusive governance and climate action.

  • The UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is held every 10 years. This year’s conference will mark the beginning of the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs for the 2022 to 2031 decade. Seven of Canada’s top 10 development partners are LDCs. Last year, Canada provided $3.15 billion in funding to these countries through bilateral and regional programming.

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