A day after the U.S. unveiled its massive economic aid package to Egypt, Canada’s foreign minister announced Wednesday (March 16) that his country is offering 11 million Canadian dollars ($11.08 million) to support the Arab nation’s transition to democracy following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
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The funding will be used to help generate job opportunities for Egypt’s youth and boost democratic institutions in the country and the broader Middle East, Lawrence Cannon said.
Of the amount, CA$10 million will be used for employment generation, CA$300,000 for training journalists, CA$600,000 for a United Nations-backed electoral program, and $100,000 for the democratic transition of neighboring Tunisia, CBC News reports.
Cannon announced the funding during his trip to Egypt, where he also met with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa to discuss Libya’s political crisis.
“I witnessed the strong determination of Egyptian leaders to transform the clearly expressed will of the Egyptian people to build a society based on freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” Cannon said in a statement.
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