Archive for September, 2013

Envoy’s Album – Fall 2013

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2013

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Colombia and Canada have never been closer

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Colombia and Canada have never been closer

  Over the course of 60 years of diplomatic ties, the bilateral relationship between Colombia and Canada has never been as strong as it is now, nor has it had as extensive an agenda. Yet, there are still many new opportunities, such as in large infrastructure projects, that shouldn’t be missed. When it comes to […]

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Poland and Canada: A dynamic and growing trade relationship

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Poland and Canada: A dynamic and growing trade relationship

  I note with great satisfaction that my term as the Ambassador of Poland to Canada has witnessed an intensification of co-operation between our countries. The political dialogue blossoms, anchored in common democratic principles and respect for human rights. Perhaps more important, however, we observe much progress being made in the area of economic co-operation. […]

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South Africa: Inspiring new ways

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South Africa: Inspiring new ways

  In April 2013, South Africa launched its industrial policy action plan (IPAP) with a goal of supporting the country’s growth. IPAP is a framework of collective strategies that are part of the national development plan (NDP), the new growth path (NGP) and the national industrial policy framework (NIPF) policies. These policies guide South Africa’s […]

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A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

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A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

This year, for the sixth year in a row, the delegation of the European Union will present a unique Christmas concert, free of charge, to Ottawans. The concert, which attracted 1,300 Ottawans last year, has become a well-loved tradition, featuring Christmas carols from many of the European Union’s member states. It gives Canadians a chance […]

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Reunification is always the goal for Korea

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Reunification is always the goal for Korea

  The year 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and a time to pay tribute to the young soldiers, including nearly 27,000 Canadians, who came to Korea to defend a people they’d never met. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. […]

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Inspiring through educational opportunity

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Inspiring through educational opportunity

I founded ACCESO International in 1996 to address the disparity between my own educational and scholarship opportunities and those of underprivileged students in developing countries of the Americas, a disparity that struck me during my travels in the region. ACCESO International is an Ottawa-based Canadian charitable organization that is completely volunteer-operated. In my work with […]

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Eliminating Nigerian corruption: ‘a work in progress’

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Eliminating Nigerian corruption:  ‘a work in progress’

Ojo Uma Maduekwe came to diplomacy from politics. He was a member of the national assembly of Nigeria in the 1980s and was part of a constituent assembly that wrote a constitution for Nigeria following a military coup. He spent two years as an adviser to the chairman of the Social Democratic Party and was […]

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Restoring Democracy’s Lustre

Restoring Democracy’s Lustre

On Aug. 14, Canadians and the rest of the world woke up to the news that hundreds of Egyptians had died when security forces stormed two encampments where supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi had been holed up to protest his overthrow by Egypt’s military. The scenes on television of hundreds of dead Egyptians, […]

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