September 18, 2020

Celebrating Mexico

By Eduardo Ibarrola, Ambassador of Mexico. Every year, on September 16, Mexicans commemorate the beginning of the Mexican Independence War. Traditionally, on the evening of September 15, the President addresses the nation from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City to reenact the moment, back in 1810, when priest Miguel Hidalgo -the Father of the Nation- called Mexicans to the uprising in the small town of Dolores, now located in the beautiful state of Guanajuato. Since its birth as an independent nation, Mexico has faced various challenges that defined its character both domestically and in the international arena….

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TUNISIA , Building a New Democracy

By Karim BEN BECHER, Ambassador of  Tunisia to the Netherlands.   Tunisia, the cradle of many civilisations in the Mediterranean region, was long been considered as a land of tolerance, culture and mutual understanding. Located in North Africa, Tunisia has a long history dating back to Carthage, a population of over 10 million, and a diversified economy. The country has one of the highest standards of living on the continent and a well established tradition of tolerance and hospitality. Although Tunisia does not have big reserves of hydrocarbons, manufacturing industry, tourism, and agriculture have been most developed. Having a green landscape in the north, sandy beaches on the…

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A year to remember, Turkey and the Netherlands

By Uğur DOĞAN, Turkish Ambassador to the Netherlands. A year to remember: 400th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands In 2012, Turkey and the Netherlands celebrated the 400th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations. Through these years, we have had a very unique relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and cooperation. In 1612, the Dutch envoy Cornelis Haga presented his credentials to the Ottoman Sultan, on behalf of the then Republic of the Netherlands. This was the start of four centuries of cooperation and exchange between the Netherlands and Turkey. In 2012, the…

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European Elections are National Elections as well

By Hans van Baalen, leader of VVD in The European Parliament, member of the Bureau of the ALDE Group in the EP and President of Liberal International. In May 2014, the citizens of 28 EU member states will elect the 754 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Many argue that these elections are exclusively European-wide elections and that national parties should be replaced by trans-European lists. As a former Member of the Second Chamber of Dutch Parliament for VVD, current leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) in the European Parliament (EP), and as elected front-runner for VVD…

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Israel marks its 65th anniversary

By Haim Divon, Ambassador of  Israel. Growing up in Israel during the 50s was an exciting but challenging time. It meant living with weekly food rations since the budding agricultural sector could not sustain the needs of a growing population. Water too had to be rationed due to an acute water shortage, and the slogan “every drop counts,” actually meant something. Growing up in Israel during the 50’s also meant that we had to teach our parents their own mother tongue, Hebrew, since most of my generation’s elders were either immigrants, refugees or holocaust survivors who found it difficult to master…

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Kerry’s India Visit Consolidates India-US Ties

By Ambassador Paramjit Saha, Former Indian Ambassador and Faculty Member, Diplo and CRRID.   John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State visited India during June 23-25 to participate in the 4th India-US Strategic Dialogue.  This was not only his first visit to India after assumption of his new charge, but also first visit by an important US dignitary, after the commencement of the second term of the Obama Presidency. This was also to be his first encounter with his Indian counterpart, Salman Khurshid, who had also recently taken up his post as India’s External Affairs Minister. The visit was, therefore, loaded…

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Panama, a Country under Construction

By Dr. Jose M. Teran, Ambassador of Panama. This is how Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama, describes his home country. With 3.6 million inhabitants, in a strategic point in Central America, where the north and south get together, where the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans allows the transit to world trade and where the sun shines everyday, Panama is a country under construction, with opportunities for doing business and a place that offers the best conditions for retirement. The recent Global Competitiveness Report has ranked Panama in position 40 by 2013, improving by 13 points just in two…

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Investing in Georgia

By Shota Gvineria, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands When learning about Georgia one cannot escape the general assessment of the country’s progress and the reforms undertaken in so many different areas so consistently in the recent years; Georgia has been awarded as a “Top Reformer” by the World Bank In the last decade Georgia has undertaken a significant economic reforms process that has transformed its economy. According to the World Bank’s “Ease of doing Business” ranking Georgia has risen from 112th to 9th in the world since 2004. By implementing extensive reforms to offer a business…

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From the Dean of the Diplomatic corps

Dear readers, The Netherlands may be considered to have been the first globalized state in the world. This early openness came in the wake of its great commercial and maritime achievements and its well established tradition of welcome and fair treatment of political and religious exiles. Today The Netherlands is still one of the great commercial powers and is still a society generally open to the world. It contributes substantially to the international organizations, including the United Nations, and still dedicates important sums to development aid. Dealing with these issues would normally be considered a full time job for any…

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#Digitaldiplomacy’ synergy

                            By James Lambert, Canada’s Ambassador to the Netherlands. I really welcomed the creation of Diplomat Magazine when I was asked to write an article for its first edition. It reminded me of Embassy, Canada’s foreign affairs news source. The popularity of diplomatic focused publications such as Embassy and the great interest raised by the launch of the monthly Diplomat Magazine show the increasing importance of online tools in communicating foreign policy matters to the diplomatic community as well as to a wider public. The digital magazine fits…

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