DIPLOMATICA

Denmark: Europe’s No. 1 for ease of doing business

Denmark: Europe’s No. 1 for ease of doing business

Denmark is Canada’s neighbour in the North. We have one of the world’s most open economies and one of Europe’s strongest, characterized by a balanced budget, a stable currency, low interest rates and low inflation. Furthermore, the World Bank’s 2018 index ranks Denmark as the No. 1 country in Europe for ease of doing business. […]

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Promising trends on CETA’s first birthday

Promising trends on CETA’s first birthday

Canada and the European Union’s ambitious, forward-looking vision of closer trade relations a decade ago has now been a reality for a year. On Sept. 21, 2018, we marked the first anniversary of the provisional implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. One year on, the agreement is already delivering positive results. By eliminating tariffs on almost 98 per cent of industrial goods, CETA has […]

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Afghanistan: Transforming the way we trade

Afghanistan: Transforming the way we trade

Afghanistan is strategically located as a hub between rich and resourceful Central Asia and the fast-emerging economies of South Asian nations. Canada and Canadian investors can play a pivotal role in the transformation of the land-locked country by helping it to become a land-linked and regionally reintegrated country. Boosting regional and global trade would lead […]

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Riding global trade’s shifting winds

Riding global trade’s shifting winds

Given the shifting winds of the global trade and economic landscape, it would be a win-win situation for Taiwan and Canada to take their already strong economic and cultural ties to an even higher level, and for both countries to work together to meet the new imperative for greater diversification in trade and investment. While […]

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DISPATCHES

B7: Business minds meet

B7: Business minds meet

With Canada hosting the G7 this year, our country has a unique opportunity to shape the international priorities for some of the world’s largest economies. Although the media focus is primarily on the Leaders’ Summit and ministerial meetings, there is a wider community of stakeholders seeking to influence decisions made at the top levels. This […]

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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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China’s ambitions in the North American Arctic

China’s ambitions in the North American Arctic

When China released its Arctic policy this past January, a flurry of news articles emerged. Most attention was paid to China’s growing ties to Russia, and its significant investment in the Northern Sea Route — the seaway that is opening up as the ice melts along Russia’s northern coast. China has not constrained its interest […]

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DELIGHTS

Germany: History, culture and cuisine

Germany: History, culture and cuisine

Every year, nearly half a million Canadians visit Germany, a number that increased by 8.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017 alone — and for good reason. Even though it is only about the size of Newfoundland and Labrador, Germany offers an amazing array of natural and cultural landscapes — from enchanted forests and rugged mountain […]

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No excuse for cocooning this winter

No excuse for cocooning this winter

It’s January, and the cold stuff will be with us for awhile. You could head south — and maybe you will — but why not get out and relish an Ottawa winter? It’s bracing, sometimes breathtakingly gorgeous and always a reminder that life offers unending variety. With that in mind, we’ve cooked up some cool […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2019

Envoy’s Album – Winter 2019

                                                                   

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Rethinking California wine

Rethinking California wine

I like to think about California wines as belonging to one of three different categories. Some wines might fit into more than one category or none at all, but for the sake of this column, let’s say there are the modernists, the traditionalists and the avant-garde. As a sommelier, when guests at my restaurant tell […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Winter 2019

New Arrivals – Winter 2019

New arrivals Reginald Farley High Commissioner for Barbados High Commissioner Farley is an accountant and former cabinet minister. He received his certified management accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia in 2013. He started his career teaching at the Barbados Community College. He later moved to the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation […]

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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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