AM­BAS­SADOR THRILLED TO BE BACK IN CANADA

Ottawa Citizen - - Diplomatica - JEN­NIFER CAMP­BELL

Al­though it’s his first of­fi­cial post­ing here, Peru­vian Am­bas­sador Jorge Cas­tañeda is now liv­ing in Canada for the sec­ond time.

The ca­reer diplo­mat ar­rived this sum­mer to take up his third am­bas­sado­rial post, af­ter Poland and Thai­land. He spent a cou­ple of years in Canada in the 90s when his for­mer wife was posted here. Be­cause spouses couldn’t both work at em­bassies, he took a leave and stud­ied at Car­leton Univer­sity, ul­ti­mately com­plet­ing his mas­ter’s in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Now he’s back, this time as the boss, and he has a num­ber of pri­or­i­ties for what will most likely be a five-year post­ing.

“My first pri­or­ity is to try to ar­range a friend­ship frame­work, sim­i­lar to the one that was signed with Chile in 2007,” Mr. Cas­tañeda said. “It should be an um­brella that takes in dif­fer­ent fields of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.”

Mr. Cas­tañeda points out that Prime Min­is­ter

Stephen Harper

is go­ing on an of­fi­cial visit to Peru in Novem­ber and fig­ures it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to sign such a doc­u­ment. He also hopes his pres­i­dent will come to Ottawa on an of­fi­cial visit dur­ing his post­ing.

First and fore­most, the am­bas­sador will be re­spon­si­ble for help­ing im­ple­ment the free trade agree­ment be­tween Canada and Peru, which comes into ef­fect Jan. 1. “I want to try to di­ver­sify Cana­dian in­vest­ment in Peru be­cause now it’s mainly fo­cused on min­ing and oil and gas ex­plo­ration but there’s a lot of room for other types of in­vest­ment in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture, forestry and fish­ery.”

Un­der the Ini­tia­tive for the In­te­gra­tion of Re­gional In­fra­struc­ture in South Amer­ica, there’s plenty of op­por­tu­nity in­clud­ing build­ing roads, air­ports and es­tab­lish­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works, he said.

Mr. Cas­tañeda noted that Peru’s in­fla­tion rate is one of the low­est on the con­ti­nent while its econ­omy is healthy with $30 mil­lion U.S. in re­serves. Fur­ther, its trade with China is grow­ing. Af­ter the U.S., China and the EU are tied as Peru’s sec­ond big­gest trad­ing part­ners while Canada is low on the list, ac­count­ing for only five per cent of its trade. That’s some­thing Mr. Cas­tañeda hopes will change.

The am­bas­sador is pleased to be back in Ottawa, which he calls “a nice, safe city.” His wife, who is still work­ing in Peru with the min­istry of labour, will join him in the fall.

NATO’S NEW­EST

Al­ba­nia and Croa­tia are an­other step closer to join­ing the North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter both coun­tries signed pro­to­cols last week to open the way for ac­ces­sion in 2009. Al­ba­nian Am­bas­sador

Bes­nik Konci

was pleased with the de­vel­op­ment, which he called “a good first step.” He ex­pects NATO mem­ber­ship to give his coun­try more sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity, and more guar­an­teed in­vest­ments. “Be­ing lib­er­ated means not just meet­ing the in­sti­tu­tional, leg­isla­tive and eco­nomic re­forms, but also more re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said, and added that join­ing NATO will help Al­ba­nia in its ul­ti­mate goal of join­ing the Euro­pean Union.

Croa­tia, mean­while, shares that goal. “We have two strate­gic goals: NATO and EU mem­ber­ship,” said Croa­t­ian Am­bas­sador

Ve­sela Mr­den Ko­rac yes­ter­day from Za­greb.

Now both coun­tries just have to wait un­til all NATO mem­bers rat­ify the pro­to­col. They ex­pect that to hap­pen and for their mem­ber­ships to be­come of­fi­cial by next spring.

CANA­DIAN AP­POINT­MENTS

Sum­mer is the time for new diplo­matic post­ings and For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter

David Emer­son

an­nounced a slew of them last week.

Anna Bi­o­lik be­comes am­bas­sador to Mon­go­lia; am-

Peter M. Boehm, bas­sador to Ger­many;

David Fransen,

con­sul gen­eral to Los An­ge­les; and am-

John Gero, bas­sador and per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion in Geneva.

Reid Henry

be­comes am­bas­sador to Kuwait and Qatar;

Deanna Hor­ton,

am­bas­sador to Viet­nam;

Pa­tri­cia Lan­gan-Torell, am­bas­sador to Panama; Charles Lara­bie,

con­sul gen­eral to Rio de Janeiro;

Anne Leahy,

am­bas­sador to the Holy See; am­bas-

Richard Le­coq, sador to Peru;

Peter Lundy, am­bas­sador to Den­mark; and John Mor­ri­son,

am­bas­sador to Ser­bia, Mon­tene­gro and Mace­do­nia. Mean­while,

Mar­tial Pagé

be­comes am­bas­sador to Le­banon; am-

Gilles Ri­vard, bas­sador to Haiti;

Jules Savaria,

am­bas­sador to Burk­ina Faso; high

David Se­vi­gny, com­mis­sioner to Sin­ga­pore; Doreen Stei­dle,

con­sul gen­eral to Hong Kong and Ma­cao.

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