The Canadian government has earmarked 2.3 million Canadian dollars (USD2.2 million) to boost the competitiveness of Canadian companies in the global business scene. The money will be divided between 30 Canadian associations to help them attract foreign direct investments, boost innovation and create opportunities for local companies to market their products abroad, according to a news release from the Canadian foreign affairs and trade ministry.

    Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon commended the people of Rwanda for participating in the African country’s recent polls but expressed concern over the political environment following the elections. He said Canada is particularly concerned over reports of shootings and a grenade attack in the city of Kigali, as well as the alleged intimidation of the political opposition and the media.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.