Canada revives efforts to create its own DFI

Christian Paradis, Canadian minister of international development. Photo by: DFATD / MAECD / CC BY-NC-ND

Canada’s minister for international development has given his full support to the creation of development finance mechanisms, indicating the time may be right for the country to create its own institution dedicated to boosting private investment in low-income countries.

“I strongly believe that establishing a DFM would fill an important gap in our development toolkit,” Christian Paradis said during Engineers Without Borders Canada’s national conference last month. According to the minister, such a mechanism would contribute to Canada’s poverty-reduction efforts through private investment, while helping Canadian companies secure deals in emerging markets. In a subsequent interview, Paradis confirmed the Canadian government is indeed exploring creating a development finance institution or mechanism.

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