Minister Toews Promotes Strengthened Relations with Paraguay



    OTTAWA, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board embarked today on a four-day visit to Paraguay.
    Minister Toews met with Dionisio Borda, Paraguay's Economy Minister. They
discussed Paraguay and Canada's multi-faceted bilateral relationship,
including the impact of the economic downturn on the two countries' economies;
the importance of the international financial institutions in helping
countries cope with it; and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent
announcement that Canada is helping to temporarily increase the Inter-American
Development Bank's lending capacity in response to the financial crisis.
    They also discussed Paraguay's 30,000-strong Mennonite community, which
includes over 9,000 Canadian citizens.
    "Canada is looking forward to working with Paraguay to strengthen and
promote freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law throughout the
Americas. The Treasury Board plays an important role in our system of
effective governance and budget management in Canada. I was happy to share
Canada's experiences in democratic governance and to hear from Minister Borda
about the country's priorities," said Minister Toews.
    During his trip, Minister Toews will also be visiting projects sponsored
by the Canadian International Development Agency, and is scheduled to make
announcements on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of
International Cooperation.

    
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For further information: Christine Csversko, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666


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