Dear Colleagues,

Africa’s visibility in Canada continues to grow owing to the sterling efforts of African Missions and other friends of Africa in Canada in promoting the image of Africa as an emerging economic global player. It is against this background that I welcome and commend the convening of the African Fair (the first event of its kind in North America) which will be held May 2 to 5, 2013 in the ‘Palais des congres’ de Montreal. The African Fair seeks to promote trade and economic partnership between Africa and Canada.

It is against this background that the African Diplomatic Corps inOttawa, strongly urge all pro-African forces operating in Canada to participate at this event. This will not only be an opportunity to showcase the Africa’s economic potential, but to also define the unique place that Africa has in Canada.

I wish to commend the organizers for their initiative and creativity in bringing this event to fruition.

Florence Zano Chideya

Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps