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Spain: An open economy and trading partner

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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Hungary: A transportation hub in Europe

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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On the possibility of an al-Qaeda attack in Canada: ‘I think we’re very vulnerable’

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
On the possibility of an al-Qaeda attack in Canada: ‘I think we’re very vulnerable’

Martin Rudner is a distinguished research professor emeritus from Carleton University. He spent his career working in the field of intelligence and national security studies and critical infrastructure protection. He worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned his PhD, as well as the Australian National University, before he joined the faculty at […]

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Greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War

Greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War

Last November, Allan Rock visited northern Uganda in the areas adjacent to the South Sudanese border, where refugees fleeing the brutal conflict in South Sudan have settled. What he learned during his discussions with refugees, UN officials and local representatives of international humanitarian and relief agencies is truly remarkable. It is, to be sure, a […]

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Europe’s outlook 2018: Anybody’s guess

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Europe’s outlook 2018: Anybody’s guess

There are two factors shaping Europe’s outlook for the coming year: what comes out of the Trump world and what comes out of, or into, Europe. Which of the exogenous variables will be the most defining is anyone’s guess. Migrants, Brexit and regional separatism will all play into the unfolding drama of 2018. To that […]

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Formalize Taiwan ties to boost Canadian exports

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Formalize Taiwan ties to boost Canadian exports

Taiwan and Canada have always enjoyed close, mutually beneficial economic and trade relations. In 2016, Taiwan’s total value of imports from Canada reached $1.2 billion US, while Canada imported $3.8 billion US from Taiwan in the same year. Taiwan’s top exports to Canada were mostly in the technology field and included such products as integrated […]

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