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Cablegate: Canada to Meet Iraq Reconstruction Pledge

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SUBJECT: CANADA TO MEET IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION PLEDGE

1. (SBU) According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, Canada is well on track to provide the
CAD 300 million (approximately USD 295.39 million, at the
current exchange rate) it pledged in 2003 to provide for Iraq
reconstruction through 2010. As of September 2007, Canada
already had provided CAD 282.5 million (USD 280.06 million),
or approximately 94 percent of its pledge, as below:

Basic social and economic needs: CAD 108.5 million (USD
106.83 million)
Humanitarian assistance: CAD 50.5 million (USD 49.72 million)
Governance: CAD 97.8 million (USD 96.30 million)
Security sector reform: CAD 17.5 million (USD 17.23 million)
Regional democratic development: CAD 7.8 million (USD 7.68
million)

2. (SBU) Comment: The Canadian International Development
Agency is now in the process of considering its programming
for Iraqi reconstruction after 2010, although future
assistance is likely to be nowhere near the level of Canada's
2003 pledge. Canada has met its commitments and also found
creative ways to assist Iraq with police and justice
training, elections support, diplomatic training, and
technical constitution-drafting assistance, among other
areas. While the overall levels may go down, Canada will
remain an active partner in Iraqi reconstruction.

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/can ada

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