DIPLOMATICA

Venezuela: Open for investment

Venezuela: Open for investment

The Venezuelan Orinoco Oil Belt is the biggest source of oil reserves in the world, with proven reserves of 272 billion barrels of crude spanning an area of 55,314 square kilometres in the country’s Guárico, Anzoátegui and Monagas states. If you consider all of the oil-producing projects in our country, we have a grand total […]

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Turkey-Canada trade full of promise

Turkey-Canada trade full of promise

Turkey is a rising economic powerhouse and a strong emerging force in the global economy. Today, Turkey is the 18th-largest economy in the world and sixth-largest in Europe, with a GDP of about $720 billion US. Turkey boasts highly developed technological infrastructure in the transportation, telecommunications and energy sectors, a strong domestic market and a […]

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Amnesty International: Working for human rights

Amnesty International: Working for human rights

In June 2016, Claudia Medina was one of four women recognized by the Senate of Canada for her work as a human rights defender in Mexico. The following day she spoke at a press conference on Parliament Hill, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise Mexico’s urgent human rights crisis in his talks with […]

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Norway invests in its own future

Norway invests in its own future

In a period when oil prices were high, Norway has been able to transform oil in the ground into financial wealth. Today, the Government Pension Fund Global is one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. By investing abroad, leaving capital in the fund untouched and limiting annual spending in the national budget to four […]

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DISPATCHES

Will Africa keep rising?

Will Africa keep rising?

Sub-Saharan Africa has been rising rapidly in this century, growing economically at an unprecedentedly rapid pace from 2005 to 2015, with most of its 49 countries participating in a new post-colonial prosperity. But, with China’s own economic surge slipping, India and Japan weak, Europe lagging and North American demand limited, will sub-Saharan Africa stagnate and […]

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Strong stateless  minorities

Strong stateless minorities

As the First World War drew to its end, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson’s famous Fourteen Points called for a settlement that would permit nations to determine their own fate. While we may question the intellectual consistency of this demand, as the United States itself had recently joined the ranks of imperialist powers with overseas possessions, […]

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On Ukrainian defence

On Ukrainian defence

Diplomat contacted Ukraine’s defence ministry’s military intelligence, press service and public affairs office, which provided these answers in late August. 1. Could you supply up-to-date figures on war deaths and injuries in 2015 and 2016? 2,504 Ukrainian soldiers, within the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard, Border Guard and various law enforcement agencies have been […]

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Aboriginals: Canada’s founding peoples

Aboriginals: Canada’s founding peoples

The history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada begins much earlier than any other group living here — and is far more complex. When European settlers arrived in what would become Canada in the early 16th Century, the number of aboriginal people ranged from an estimated low of 350,000 to as high as two million. By […]

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DELIGHTS

The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

Over the past two decades, something very special has been happening at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Intrepid and determined grape growers and winemakers have carved out a most unexpected wine region that borders the impossible while striving for the fantastic. The quality of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc and sparkling wines […]

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Moldova’s magnificent wine adventures

Moldova’s magnificent wine adventures

At first glance on the world map, the Republic of Moldova will most likely go unnoticed due to its size. Bordered by Romania and Ukraine, between the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, Moldova is a small country with only 3.5 million people and a relatively short history of independence. Its key geographical position in […]

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Little-known fact: Winston Churchill was a shopaholic

Little-known fact: Winston Churchill was a shopaholic

In 1929, Winston Churchill, who was then the chancellor of the exchequer in Stanley Baldwin’s government, was making a tour of Canada and the U.S. In a speech in Vancouver on Sept. 23, he said, “We see Canada growing in every way — education, civilization, numbers and wealth.” That was the day prices on U.S. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2016

Envoy’s Album – Fall 2016

 

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Fall 2016

New Arrivals – Fall 2016

New arrivals Mizanur Rahman High Commissioner for Bangladesh High Commissioner Rahman holds a science degree from Sylhet Degree College; and a master’s in physics from Dhaka University. He joined the foreign service in 1988, first as second secretary at the embassy in Sri Lanka, then as first secretary and counsellor in Russia, and as assistant […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2016

New Arrivals – Summer 2016

New arrivals Ermal Muça Ambassador of Albania Ermal Muça joined Albania’s foreign service in 2002. Since then, he has held different positions at the Albanian foreign ministry. He worked in the regional bilateral relations department at headquarters and did a posting abroad, as deputy head of mission  in Turkey. He was also consul general in […]

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New Arrivals – Spring 2016

New Arrivals – Spring 2016

New arrivals Marica  Matkovi´c Ambassador of Croatia Ambassador Matkovic is a lawyer by training and began her career as a legal adviser in Zagreb in 1978, after which she worked in the same role for a housing association. She then became a counsellor at the ministry of health and then the foreign ministry’s international law […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2016

New Arrivals – Winter 2016

New arrivals Tariq Azim Khan High Commissioner for Pakistan Ambassador Khan holds a bachelor of science, a post-graduate diploma in industrial administration and a master’s of business administration. After graduating, he worked as a consultant with Industrial Society U.K. and as a director for his family-owned telecommunications business before serving as a media adviser for […]

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