Archive for April, 2018

Getting China on board for trade

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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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Mapping migrant patterns

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Mapping  migrant  patterns

It’s a dramatic number — 258 million. It comes from the United Nations’ International Migration Report 2017 and represents the estimated number of “international migrants,” which the organization defines as individuals who live in a state other than their state of birth or citizenship. They account for what the report calls a “relatively small share […]

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Spain: An open economy and trading partner

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Spain: An open economy and trading partner

In recent years, Spain’s economy has improved its competitiveness by increasing productivity and creating a better business environment. Projected GDP growth for 2017 is 3.1 per cent. Currently, Spain’s is the fifth-largest economy in Europe and 13th globally, with a nominal GDP of $1.2 trillion US. To put things in perspective, Canada ranks 10th globally […]

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World Bee Day’s inauguration

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World Bee Day’s inauguration

After more than three years of lobbying by 155 United Nations member states, including Canada, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring May 20 World Bee Day. Every year, this occasion will draw the global public’s attention to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators. People will be reminded of the crucial role […]

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Hungary: A transportation hub in Europe

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Hungary: A transportation hub in Europe

Located in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union. In 2017, the country’s GDP grew by four per cent. Due to its strategic location between Western and Eastern Europe, Hungary acts as a gateway for trade and investment for countries inside and outside of the EU. It has one […]

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Dominican Republic: Ripe for trade and investment

Dominican Republic: Ripe for trade and investment

As ambassador, my priority is to continue to increase the visibility of our country as a tourist destination and strong business partner. In this regard, we recently organized a tourism, economic and cultural event in Ottawa, with strong support from the Canadian and Dominican business communities. My country has a balanced and diversified economy grounded […]

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MATCH: Funding global grassroots women’s groups

MATCH: Funding global grassroots women’s groups

Taking in the rolling mountains, swaying corn fields and cloud-studded skies of Guatemala’s Patanatic Route, it’s impossible to believe such a beautiful place could have once been the stage for an ugly civil war. In fact, many tourism companies bank on it. But a savvy group of Mayan women living near Lake Atitlan saw an […]

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Why the world needs an engaged European Union

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Why the world needs an engaged European Union

The world needs an engaged European Union more than ever before. More and more, people outside and inside the European Union are realizing the importance of having a solid and predictable international player to rely on in our turbulent — and sometimes chaotic — times. The European Union is a credible and indispensable global player, […]

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Tipping the hat for TIPES

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Tipping the hat for TIPES

It’s not every day you go to an evening ball and leave having been blown away by the words of an eight-year-old, but that’s what happened to many at this year’s Diplomatic Ball in December. The ball raised money for TIPES — Thinking in Pictures Educational Services — which offers more than a dozen educational […]

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The sea, sun and culture abound in Croatia

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The sea, sun and culture abound in Croatia

When people ask me how much time they should spend in Croatia, usually my answer is two to three weeks. You might ask why so much time for such a small country — Croatia is about the same size as Nova Scotia, with a population similar to that of Alberta, at 4.2 million. The reason […]

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