DIPLOMATICA

Jordan: A beacon for peace in the Middle East

Jordan: A beacon for peace in the Middle East

Jordan, as a modern, moderate Muslim Arab country, has achieved remarkable successes in many fields, including education, health, infrastructure, information technology, industry and tourism. Short of natural resources, Jordan has focused on the strength of its human capital. The enormous challenges that Jordan faces have not deterred it from continued structural reforms and the modernization […]

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Trade with Nepal: Ripe for growth

Trade with Nepal: Ripe for growth

Nepal and Canada established diplomatic relations in 1965, and have enjoyed longstanding friendly ties ever since. Canada has always supported Nepal’s socio-economic development. But recently, bilateral interactions between the two countries have entered a new phase, following the first bilateral meeting between our prime ministers and the subsequent signing of a memorandum of understanding establishing […]

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Algeria: A gateway for Europe and the Middle East

Algeria: A gateway for Europe and the Middle East

Algeria’s economy ranks among the most attractive in the North Africa and Middle East region in terms of gross domestic product, opportunities to invest and doing business. It offers a buoyant market for trade and industrial capacity-building. Algeria is the largest country in Africa and has the largest economy in North Africa. It also borders […]

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Right To Play: Opening doors to education

Right To Play: Opening doors to education

The following wise words came from Julienne, a 12-year-old girl in Rwanda who has become a community hero: “School is where lives can be changed for the better.” Julienne is part of a Right To Play leadership club of 125 members, who range in age from 8 to 14. She created the Let Girls Go […]

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DISPATCHES

China’s Red Sea ambitions

China’s Red Sea ambitions

At the end of July, two very large crude oil tankers from Saudi Arabia were attacked with anti-ship missiles by Yemeni rebels from the eastern shore of the Red Sea, just north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. One of the tankers was damaged slightly in the stern. As a result, the Saudi government ordered a […]

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Latin America: Seize the moment

Latin America: Seize the moment

As the destination for three-quarters of Canadian merchandise exports, and a little more than half of our services exports, the United States of America will remain Canada’s largest trading partner for the foreseeable future. However, events of the last several months emphasize the need for Canada to diversify its trade. The imperative to re-balance the […]

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Africa: Unable to feed itself

Africa: Unable to feed itself

Africa no longer feeds itself. Forty years ago, sub-Saharan Africa’s then 500 million people could grow enough staples — maize, wheat, rice, yams, cassava, sorghum, millet and the ancient grain known as teff — to keep most inhabitants free from hunger. But now there are about 1 billion sub-Saharan Africans and soon there will be […]

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Securing food in uncertain times

Securing food in uncertain times

Food security is the state when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Food security is about more than subsistence, more than what people […]

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DELIGHTS

Israel: The land of creation

Israel: The land of creation

When Canadians ask me what to do when they visit Israel, I tell them that the possibilities are endless, as there is so much to do and see and something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of my favourite spots. Family Fun: From north to south The North: Tiberias, located on the western shore […]

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Spring awakening: Adventures near Ottawa

Spring awakening: Adventures near Ottawa

Blue cheese, steel beds and A.Y. Jackson: An unlikely combination, but they’re part of our spring round-up of travel tips for anyone hankering to throw off the shackles of winter and explore places and events within driving distance of Ottawa. We’ve even come up with some suggestions that are within the city limits. Going under: […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2019

Envoy’s Album – Spring 2019

                                                               

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Beaujolais: Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly

Beaujolais: Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly

Beaujolais gets a bad rap. For years, consumers have come to associate the region with the cheap, one-dimensional Beaujolais Nouveau that hits the shelves at the LCBO on the third Thursday of each November. These wines can be fun, but they’re largely responsible for type-casting Beaujolais as a region that makes playful, but not serious, […]

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DIGNITARIES

New Arrivals – Spring 2019

New Arrivals – Spring 2019

New arrivals Federico-Eduardo Hoyos-Salazar Ambassador of Colombia Prior to being posted to Canada, Ambassador Hoyos-Salazar was a house representative for Antioquia in Colombia’s Congress. He was elected for a four-year term in 2014 and was a member of the Second Constitutional Commission in charge of security and defence, foreign affairs and foreign trade. Between 2010 […]

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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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