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Vol 39  No 3
Sept. 21, 2006


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Ambassador to talk about
Canada’s role in Afghanistan

by Leslie Vryenhoek

David Sproule, Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, will talk about Canada’s role in that country. (Photo by the Dept. of National Defense)

Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan will visit Memorial to present on Canada’s role in rebuilding that country after years of war.

Ambassador David Sproule will share his insight and answer questions at a special community event in Petro-Canada Hall on Monday, Sep. 25, from 5-6:30 p.m.

According to the Government of Canada website, support for Afghanistan’s reconstruction is a high priority. While Canada’s defense role is well-known ­ since 2001, more than 14,000 Canadian Forces members have been deployed to the region ­ Canada is also making important contributions through development and diplomacy. In fact, Afghanistan projects represent the largest bilateral CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) investment in any country, at almost $1 billion pledged for the decade from 2001-2011. That’s a massive increase from the about $10 million Canada spent in humanitarian aid prior to 2001.

This support includes a wide range of projects, from landmine education to the reintegration of refugees. Canada has also provided savings and micro-loan services to more than 150,000 Afghan small business owners, 90 percent of them women.

Mr. Sproule will talk about these efforts at Memorial, during the first of a series of presentations that he intends to make across Atlantic Canada.

Space is limited for the event. RSVP 737-2086 or svaughan@mun.ca.

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