DIPLOMATICA

Kenyan natural resources ripe for investment

Kenyan natural resources ripe for investment

Kenya’s long-term development plan aims to transform the country into an industrialized, middle-income country offering all of its citizens a high quality of life by the year 2030. The 2014 GDP of $58.1 billion US meant that Kenya became one of the largest economies in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in […]

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El Salvador seeks energy and aerospace investors

El Salvador seeks energy and aerospace investors

El Salvador is a destination for investment in the region. Located in the heart of the western hemisphere, it not only has a strategic geographical position, but it also offers an attractive investment climate, including a productive workforce and fiscal flexibility. These assets are a result of national efforts in legal, administrative and fiscal matters. […]

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UAE: One of Canada’s largest investors

UAE: One of Canada’s largest investors

When speaking about the United Arab Emirates, Canadians often mention Dubai, our most populous city, known for its opulent shopping and the Burj Khalifa (the world’s largest skyscraper), but what is not commonly noted are the many shared values between our two countries, and the strength of our dynamic bilateral relationship. Among our many shared […]

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Diplomats explore Canada’s North

Diplomats explore Canada’s North

Every two years, Global Affairs Canada organizes a tour of the North, including the Arctic, for interested ambassadors and high commissioners posted to Canada. For Canada, it is an opportunity to introduce international guests to a storied, but less known, part of our country. This year, I was part of this interesting initiative that many […]

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DISPATCHES

Can Ramaphosa save South Africa?

Can Ramaphosa save South Africa?

Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa’s last best hope. Its new president inherits a series of complex and dangerous crises, and must rapidly rescue sub-Saharan Africa’s most advanced and modern country from two decades of wanton despoilment and depravity — or fail and see his nation fall fully into a yawning chasm of underdevelopment and despair. […]

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Hope for hemispheric co-operation

Hope for hemispheric co-operation

Where in the world does one find the richest biodiversity, vast hectares of arable land and an abundance of fresh water? If you said the Americas, you would be correct. North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean islands — the region of the Americas — is sometimes referred to as the potential “breadbasket” […]

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Wanting water and sanitation for all

Wanting water and sanitation for all

Turning on a tap: It was probably the first thing you did this morning. However, for 844 million people around the world, this everyday essential — this human right, no less — is out of reach. Earlier this year, Cape Town hit the headlines in the lead-up to what its mayor dubbed “Day Zero,” the […]

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Sun, sand,  surf, city life and so much more

Sun, sand, surf, city life and so much more

It may seem audacious to choose 15 vacation spots that check off all the items on a traveller’s list, but we see it as a something-for-everyone approach. Or put another way, you can spare one person from inevitable sunburn and beach boredom and another from tedious shopping and historical sites, while another escapes long hot […]

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DELIGHTS

Welcome to 100-year-old Latvia

Welcome to 100-year-old Latvia

In 2018, Latvia celebrates 100 years since we became an independent state on Nov. 18, 1918. The birth of Latvia as a state coincided with major changes on the political map of the world. We celebrate our centenary of statehood with the very best that we can offer: an ancient, well-rooted, but modern culture, great […]

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Autumn and winter activities: The lesser-known gems

Autumn and winter activities: The lesser-known gems

Ottawa summers are short. That makes it way too easy to start cocooning or to slip into the usual social routine come October. Nothing wrong with familiar stuff, of course, but it doesn’t do much to broaden our perspectives or sharpen our brains. To that end, we offer some lesser-known places and events in and […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2018

Envoy’s Album – Fall 2018

                                                                     

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Biodynamic wine production up by 20 per cent annually

Biodynamic wine production up by 20 per cent annually

It’s 2018 and any good wine list in the country will likely include wines produced following the principles of biodynamics. You may be a keen consumer, or you may have even consumed biodynamic wines at top restaurants without realizing it. You may also have heard a sommelier reference the movement while suggesting a wine at […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Fall 2018

New Arrivals – Fall 2018

New arrivals Vitae Verkammen Ambassador of Belgium Ambassador Verkammen joined the foreign service in 1992 as an attaché in the cabinet of the foreign minister and from 1994 to 1997, he was consul at Belgium’s consulate general in Hong Kong. From 1997 to 2002, he served as first secretary at the permanent mission to the […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2018

New Arrivals – Summer 2018

New arrivals Eugenio María Curia Ambassador of Argentina The ambassador, who studied law and social sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, joined the Argentine foreign service in 1975 as a vice-consul. Prior to this posting, he was international affairs co-ordinator at the ministry of justice and human rights for two years. Between 2006 and […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2018

New Arrivals – Spring 2018

New Arrivals Natasha Smith High Commissioner for Australia High Commissioner Smith is a senior career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently first assistant secretary in the multilateral development and finance division. She’s served overseas as first secretary in Indonesia and counsellor at the Australian mission to the […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2018

New Arrivals – Winter 2018

New Arrivals Anthanase Boudo Ambassador of Burkina Faso Ambassador Boudo began his career as a collections agent for the directorate of treasury and public finances and the directorate of co-operation, where he worked from 1996 to 2001. Between 2003 and 2004, he worked with the standing secretariat for the National Council on Population. The following […]

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