The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Canada has expressed interest in strengthening commercial and cooperation ties in the mining and energy sector, informed the Canadian Foreign Minister John Bair on Thursday, after arriving in eastern Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

“We are eager to strengthen trade and cooperation between Bolivia and Canada. We also had a fruitful discussion on how we can strengthen those ties, especially in the energy and mining sector”, he announced in Bair after being awarded the highest decoration in Bolivia, after his arrival in Santa Cruz, about 490 kilometers east of La Paz.

President Evo Morales and the Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca have met in Bair where they have discussed several areas of cooperation.

“This strengthens our relationships and will also allow us to relaunch them,” Choquehuanca said.

The Canadian Foreign Minister is doing a tour in the countries of the region which includes Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Bolivia exports $233 million to Canada, and Canada exports 26 million dollars worth of products including the Andean grain and quinoa to Bolivia, explained the Canadian Ambassador, Patricia Fortier, in Peru and Bolivia, to the state news agency ABI.

“I also have direct investment here, we have 143 million dollars, but it may be more, the area in which we invest the most is mining,” she said.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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