DIPLOMATICA

Switzerland: A world leader in innovation

Switzerland: A world leader in innovation

In January of this year, Switzerland and Canada signed a joint statement on science, technology and innovation on the margins of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, affirming a mutual interest in deepening co-operation in those fields. This should not come as a surprise because the two countries are natural partners. According to the […]

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Paraguay: For investment and renewable energy

Paraguay: For investment and renewable energy

Paraguay’s economy is an open one that has, over the past decade, grown at a rate of nearly five per cent, a GDP growth that has beaten the regional average since 2013. This growth has been mainly due to the country’s heavy reliance on natural resources, including energy, which comes from the hydroelectric bi-national entities […]

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Moldova: An emerging market in Europe

Moldova: An emerging market in Europe

Moldova is a country in southeast Europe that borders the European Union with which it has increasing co-operation thanks, in part, to its proximity. Signed in 2014, an association agreement established a new legal framework for ensuring Moldova’s political association and economic integration with the EU, based on common values and close links. A full […]

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Water education for generations

Water education for generations

Lack of clean water is a daily reality for an alarming number of people: Three in 10 people lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and six in 10 lack safely managed sanitation. Water and sanitation services are essential foundations of development. They affect health, nutrition, education, income and gender equality. Stakeholders around […]

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DISPATCHES

Getting China on board for trade

Getting China on board for trade

In the global race to increase trade with China, Canada is still far behind many other industrialized nations. It has been a long, winding and often rocky path to get to a much more substantial exchange of goods, services and intellectual property. Simply put, enhanced trade between the two countries remains a major work in […]

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Putin’s predictable election

Putin’s predictable election

At press time in early March, it appeared that victory by Russian President Vladimir Putin in this spring’s election was a certainty. The candidates allowed to run against him were figureheads. Putin had ample use of official resources for campaigning. His officials counted the ballots. What remained to be seen was the size of the […]

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Canada and India: Where to now?

Canada and India: Where to now?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s much-discussed state visit to India in February was seen as an opportunity for a major reset on bilateral relations with the world’s largest democracy. However, things did not go as planned. Canada isn’t alone in its desire to improve relations with the massive country. India, with a GDP of more than […]

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Beating back terror in Africa

Beating back terror in Africa

Africans are containing terror and terrorists, but declaring victory against the forces of revolution and insurrection in 2018 is premature. It is still a massive work in progress. In addition to the swirl of repetitive civil conflict in such disparate African countries as Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South […]

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DELIGHTS

Italy: A country that has it all

Italy: A country that has it all

Most people, but perhaps not all, know that Italy is the third most well-known country in the world, but do they also know that it’s the single most popular travel destination? We are proud that Italy is the country with the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and that it is […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2018

Envoy’s Album – Summer 2018

                                                               

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Orange wines: Skin-fermented magic

Orange wines: Skin-fermented magic

Orange wines have recently captured the attention of sommeliers, winemakers and wine lovers alike. And contrary to what the name might suggest, these wines are not made from oranges. Rather, the word “orange” simply refers to the colour of the wines that results from a process involving the extended maceration of “white” grape skins with […]

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Farewell to a friend and diplomat

Farewell to a friend and diplomat

Larry Dickenson, whose photographs have appeared on the pages of this magazine’s food column since 2005, had a distinguished career in Canada’s foreign service. His friend, Guillermo Rishchynski, a long-time diplomat who served with Dickenson in Indonesia and was most recently Canada’s ambassador to the UN before becoming executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank, […]

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DIGNITARIES

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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New Arrivals – Fall 2017

New Arrivals – Fall 2017

New arrivals Levon Martirosyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Martirosyan began his working life by doing his service in Armenia’s armed forces for two years. In 1997, he completed his legal studies at Yerevan State University and started working as a lawyer. Four years later, he completed a master’s of law in international human rights at […]

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