DIPLOMATICA

Romania-Canada: a promising future

Romania-Canada: a promising future

Over the past 25 years, Romania has experienced tremendous change. First, it became a member of NATO and then, in 2007, it joined the European Union. Since then, it has developed one of the most fast-paced economies in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the past 10 years, Romania’s GDP has grown by approximately 65 percent, […]

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Honduras: ripe for investment and trade

Honduras: ripe for investment and trade

More than 300 international companies have discovered Honduras in the past few years. The country has shown outstanding capacities and skills in the light manufacturing sector, mainly in textiles and confections, in addition to agro-industry, assembly of vehicle components and electronics and furniture construction. Honduras is the centre of the Central American apparel industry. Today, […]

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Rwanda is becoming a trade leader in Africa

Rwanda is becoming a trade leader in Africa

Rwanda and Canada have enjoyed good bilateral relations over the past half-century. Trade between the two countries presents a vast range of opportunities. Our goal is to invite Canadian investors to join the fast-growing East African Community, with Rwanda being an interesting regional hub. In 2013, the total value of exports from Rwanda to Canada […]

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Korea-Canada FTA: A new strategic partnership

Korea-Canada FTA: A new strategic partnership

In 2013, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. Over these years, Korea-Canada relations have blossomed. Last year marked the beginning of the next 50 years of Korea-Canada relations. To celebrate, Canadians welcomed President Park Geun-hye to Ottawa in September, marking the first time since the establishment of diplomatic ties […]

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DISPATCHES

Towering Taiwan

Towering Taiwan

The tour guide in Taiwan stops next to a tiny marker along a park path. It has a design that features a small box with hard edges inside a larger box that has rounded corners. The 20 journalists, invited from almost every continent to Taiwan by its foreign affairs department, look at the simple image […]

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Saving animals from disaster

Saving animals from disaster

No matter where in the world disasters strike, the survival of animals can mean the difference between recovery and despair. More than one billion people depend directly on animals for food, jobs, income, transport, social status, cultural identification and financial security. For 70 percent of the world’s poorest people — those most vulnerable to the […]

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Nations and their Nobels

Nations and their Nobels

By the middle of October of this year, it is likely we will know all of the nominees for this year’s Nobel Prizes. The announcements — and the awards themselves— have become global events, eagerly anticipated by the world’s leading media and excitedly awaited by the would-be recipients. While the Nobel Prizes are not the […]

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Africa’s captivating children

Africa’s captivating children

Children of Africa: A Photographic Journey created itself. The idea came spontaneously, as my wife, Heather, and I perused thousands of photographs from our trips to Africa. We noticed they were predominantly of children. I also wanted to write a non-academic book and thought perhaps a photo-journal book would be an easier first attempt. Boy, was […]

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DELIGHTS

An island paradise in Canada’s time zone

An island paradise in Canada’s time zone

In Cuba, visitors will encounter a warm Cuban spirit wherever they go — whether to a lavish resort, glitzy show, lush mountains or serene beaches. If you love the sea as much as I do, Varadero Beach remains the country’s most famous vacation spot. Only 135 kilometres outside Old Havana, Varadero bustles with award-winning resorts, […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2015

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2015

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Moving wine’s spotlight around

Moving wine’s spotlight around

Many countries and cultures have developed successful wine industries. Some are very old and others are quite new, and many of them make wildly different expressions of wine. That said, they also share many things. They all shepherd the natural process of fermentation. They all create a drink that speaks of a time and a […]

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A different look at Islam

A different look at Islam

As Diplomat is published only four times a year, I have a devil of a time rooting out books that haven’t already been reviewed everywhere else but are nonetheless, I hope, ones of topical interest to our readers. The situation is made more complicated by what seems to me (though this may be middle age […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Winter 2015

New Arrivals – Winter 2015

Pg Hj Kamal Bashah bin Pg Hj Ahmad High Commissioner for Brunei Darussalam Col. (Ret’d) Ahmad had a long military career before taking two positions in the corporate world and then turning his skills to diplomacy with this appointment. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and began his career with military and academic training […]

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New Arrivals – Fall 2014

New Arrivals – Fall 2014

Raoul Delcorde Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Delcorde has a PhD in political science. He began his career as an assistant professor before entering the diplomatic service in 1984. Two years later, he was deputy head of mission in Islamabad and, following that, he was first secretary at the UN in New York. He served two […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2014

New Arrivals – Summer 2014

Sham L. Bathija Ambassador of Afghanistan Mr. Bathija comes to this post after a varied career as a development economist and a diplomat. From June 2010 until he came to Canada, he was a minister and senior economic adviser to President Hamid Karzai. Prior to that, he worked as a representative of the secretary general […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2014

New Arrivals – Spring 2014

Pedro Fernando Bretas Bastos Ambassador of Brazil Mr. Brêtas completed a law and social sciences degree at the Federal University of Brazil and practised law, working for Exxon Mobil Corporation and COSIGUA, before going into diplomacy. After completing his diplomatic studies, he became a desk officer for Canada, something that perhaps foreshadowed his current appointment. […]

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