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Inspiring through educational opportunity

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
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’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
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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Saving the Euro by opening the exit door

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Saving the Euro by opening the exit door

  In 1925, Britain’s economically inexperienced chancellor of the exchequer, agonizing over the economic controversy of the day, returned Britain to the gold standard. The decision was hailed as a triumph of sound economics, necessary to protect sterling and London’s status as the world’s financial centre. Disaster followed. The Great Depression arrived half a decade […]

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Morocco: A stable economic gateway to Africa

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Morocco: A stable economic gateway to Africa

The Kingdom of Morocco is one of the most promising countries in Africa and the MENA region. Not only has it been able to showcase its political stability through the events of the Arab Spring of 2011, but it has also managed to maintain a dynamic economy and generate growth even when its most important […]

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Czech Republic: ‘Let’s increase trade and investment’

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Czech Republic: ‘Let’s increase trade and investment’

The Czech Republic is a stable and prosperous market economy, closely integrated with the European Union. We have been a member of the EU since 2004; however, we are not a member of the Eurozone yet. The Czech economy, valued at $217 billion in 2012, is small, open, export-driven and remains very sensitive to the […]

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Guatemala: Active on FTAs

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Guatemala: Active on FTAs

Guatemala recently hosted one of the largest investment conferences of its region. The Guatemala Investment Summit was held May 30-31 in Guatemala City as a means to connect banks, financial institutions, service providers, investors, entrepreneurs, government agencies and businessmen. This summit, the most important and biggest of its kind, provided opportunities to create strategic business […]

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Cuba’s reforms: necessary and well-received

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Cuba’s reforms: necessary and well-received

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba are more than a half-century old, characterized by respect and sincere dialogue. Canada is among Cuba’s main trading partners as seen in tourism numbers alone — more than a million Canadians visit each year, drawn by the beauty of the landscape and its people’s hospitality. However, misinformation about the […]

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Dollars raised from dining

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Dollars raised from dining

There’s something special about dining in the home of an ambassador and that’s the draw for the Dining with Ambassadors event, which raises money for the Rockcliffe Park Foundation. Organizers recruit ambassadors and high commissioners to offer private dinners in their homes on a designated night in April, and then they sell tickets to the […]

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‘The world is our emergency room’

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘The world is our emergency room’

“My responsibility is to use those opportunities I’ve been given and try and put some good back into the world,” says physician and humanitarian AnneMarie Pegg. Pegg, who is from Yellowknife, is currently part of a crisis team working in Central African Republic and is one of hundreds of Canadians who work overseas every year […]

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