Archive for December, 2017

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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Kuwait is an investment hub for Canada

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Kuwait is an investment hub for Canada

Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the world and a leading economic centre in the region. Despite its small size, the country has a number of natural resources that have enabled it to grow its economic strength. The economy depends on oil, with fixed oils reserves of about 102 billion barrels, or about […]

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Jordan is primed and positioned for investment

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Jordan is primed and positioned for investment

Since King Abdullah’s 1999 ascension to the throne, Jordan has taken steps to encourage foreign investment and develop an outward-oriented market-based globally competitive economy. In particular, banking, ICT, pharmaceuticals, tourism and services sectors have all seen key reforms in recent years. Foreign and domestic investment laws grant specific incentives to industry, agriculture, tourism, hospitals, transportation, […]

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Asia: Economic growth; political flux

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Asia: Economic growth; political flux

In the fall of 2017, there were two events in Asia that will set regional patterns into 2018 and beyond. First, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s secretary-general speech to the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October contained his declaration that he would continue to work toward the “Chinese Dream” of becoming a developed country and […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2018

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Winter 2018

New Arrivals Anthanase Boudo Ambassador of Burkina Faso Ambassador Boudo began his career as a collections agent for the directorate of treasury and public finances and the directorate of co-operation, where he worked from 1996 to 2001. Between 2003 and 2004, he worked with the standing secretariat for the National Council on Population. The following […]

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Canada and Mexico at North America’s crossroads

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada and Mexico at North America’s crossroads

When he was in Mexico in October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re-affirmed the friendship between Canada and Mexico. “Canada and Mexico are not only strong partners — we are close friends who share common goals and work shoulder-to-shoulder to advance them. From fighting climate change to building economies that work for everyone, we are united […]

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The Middle East: Some hope, much despair

The Middle East: Some hope, much despair

Who would have predicted a missing-in-action Lebanese prime minister, one of the deadliest earthquakes in the world and that Syria would lapget ahead of the U.S. in climate policy by joining the Paris Agreement? Change in the Middle East defies prediction. Political leadership has a tendency to swing from the tedious (such as the 42-year […]

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For the love of the salmon

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
For the love of the salmon

In the Rideau Club’s windowed room overlooking Parliament Hill, a sold-out crowd of 150, from business people and sports fishermen to ambassadors, ate mounds of land-based farmed smoked salmon, enjoyed fine dining and were captivated by the comically effective auctioneering skills of Rock Fournier. The Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 21st Annual Fall Run Dinner and fundraiser […]

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Exporting medical care to Cameroon on land and sea

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exporting medical care to Cameroon on land and sea

It was a historic day when Africa Mercy, a floating hospital, arrived in Cameroon for the first time in the organization’s history in August 2017. During the 10-month field service, the Africa Mercy will be docked in the coastal city of Douala and serve Cameroon through various surgical programs that support the mission of Mercy […]

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‘An Italian garden filled with flowers and music’

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘An Italian garden filled with flowers and music’

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s annual Fête Champêtre took place later than usual, but the weather could not have been better for a garden party, given Ottawa’s late September heat wave. “We’re delighted that the annual Fête Champêtre is at the Italian ambassador’s residence, particularly where there are two anniversaries — the 150th of Canada and […]

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