Minister Bibeau to visit Vietnam and Japan
“Our government is steadfast in its commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. I look forward to renewing Canada’s engagement with our strategic partners, such as the Global Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in this global effort.” - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau will be making her first international trip as Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, following the new government’s commitment to re-engage with Canada’s bilateral and multilateral partners. Minister Bibeau will visit Vietnam from December 13 to 16, 2015, and Japan from December 16 to 18, 2015. Consulting with development stakeholders and international aid organizations will guide Canada’s aid decisions, empower people and support broad-based, sustainable growth in the developing world. Vietnam and Canada enjoy a strong, 40-year bilateral relationship and are longstanding development partners. Vietnam has made tremendous progress in reducing poverty rates from 64 percent to 17 percent in 20 years. While in Vietnam, Minister Bibeau will visit agricultural projects, as well as health facilities combatting tuberculosis and HIV/ AIDS. These visits will help Canada gain a better understanding of challenges that remain in improving health, increasing economic growth and respond- ing to the destabilizing effects of climate change. In Japan, Minister Bibeau will attend the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Preparatory Meeting in Tokyo to discuss Canada’s ongoing commitment to end the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epi- demics. During her visit, Minister Bibeau will also meet with Bill Gates, cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization; and Japanese foreign affairs and development officials.
Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau meeting with Pham Bình Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, earlier this week.