October 20, 2017

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  • Green light for Dutch–Tanzanian Potato Center in Tanzania

    H.E. Ms Irene Florence M. Kasyanju, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch government and a group of companies active in the potato industry are set to build a Center for the development of the Potato Industry in the southern Tanzanian town of Mbeya. Senior Government officials signed a manifesto to begin the project during the Tanzania Agribusiness Event in The Hague on May 31st. The Netherlands is the world leader in the potato sector, with Dutch seed potatoes accounting for 60% of worldwide potato production. While over 500 different varieties of potato…

  • 4th Annual Diplomats’ Autumn Welcoming Reception

    Ms Wathsala Amarasinghe, Second Secretary , Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, posed in front a new Maserati 2018. Diplomat magazine in collaboration with Crowne Plaza Hotel and Diplomatic Card hosted its 4th Diplomats Welcome After Summer reception. The reception included a luxury cars exhibition on the premises of the Hotel Crowne Plaza in The Hague on the 14th of September 2017. For additional Robert Huibert and Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157689006681926 The world’s most renowned car manufacturers descend on the diplomatic city of The Hague to present their latest developments to…

  • A Kiwi in the Netherlands

    Biking as a new Dutch, Ambassador Walker is going out from her Embassy in The Hague. Photography by Vincent Delaere, New Zealand Embassy. By H.E. Lyndal Walker, Ambassador of New Zealand to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Kia Ora, how exciting to be living in The Hague. Feeling like I had won the lottery I arrived from a New Zealand winter just in time for the tail end of the European summer! In addition to being responsible for New Zealand’s relations with the Netherlands, I am also accredited to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland, as well…

  • Kazakhstan’s 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

    H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On 10 September 2017 Kazakhstan and the Netherlands mark a significant event – the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. In a quarter of a century, Kazakh-Dutch relations have reached a high level of development, and Astana and The Hague maintain intensive and trustful political dialogue while actively expanding trade, economic, cultural, and humanitarian ties. The official visit of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to The Hague…

  • The search for the next Director-General of the OPCW

    The above is a personal reflection of Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW. The tenure of the incumbent Director-General of the OPCW E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü is going to end in July 2018, when and how the new Director-General of the OPCW is going to be appointed? Answer: The incumbent Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed in December 2009 by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourteenth Session. Following his appointment, Mr Ahmet Üzümcü began his term of office for four years on 25 July…

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State Visit by Dutch King Willem-Alexander to Portugal

Oct 18, 2017

2017-10-11 Lisbon – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. ANP Pool Royal Images Frank Van Beek. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands paid a state visit to the Portuguese Republic from 10 to 12 October 2017 at the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The King and Queen visited Lisbon, Alverca, Sintra and Cascais. They were accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation headed a parallel trade mission to Portugal with representatives of the airport development and aircraft manufacturing industry and the…

Ocean 28 summit in Malta 

Oct 14, 2017

In Malta, the 28 members of the European Union have announced an ambitious package of 36 EU-initiatives to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure oceans. More than €6 billion have been committed by public and private actors at the EU-hosted “Our Ocean” conference 2017 in Malta on October 5-6, to better manage the oceans. On behalf of the EU, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced on October 5 over €550 million of EU-funded initiatives to tackle global oceans challenges. At the conference, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced that the European…

The Ambassadors’ Spouses’ Association (ASA) Welcome the Autumn Season

Oct 11, 2017

By Roy Lie A Tjam. ASA, Ambassadors’ Spouses’ Association The Hague, taken into the autumn season with bliss. On Wednesday 27th September 2017, ASA members were invited to a luncheon where guests were presented colorful orchids upon arrival. The objective of the luncheon was twofold: the usual reunion of the ASA with the addition of welcoming prospective ASA members. It was also an appropriate opportunity to take leave of departing members.   This time around the host was Dr. Dirulba Nasrin, Spouse of the Ambassador of Bangladesh. Datin Linda Zin, spouse of the Ambassador of Malaysia welcomed the members and…

Taiwan Celebrated its 106th National Day in Style in The Hague

Oct 9, 2017

The celebration of the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was hosted by the Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands on 4 October with a stylish reception in the Marriott Hotel in The Hague. The reception attracted plus three hundred guests, including dignitaries, Members of Parliament, residing Diplomats and the Taiwanese community in the Netherlands. After a hearty welcome, H.E. Amb. Tom Chou revealed in his speech that Taiwan will invest about 14 billion Euros for the development of the wind power industry, setting the goal to cover 20% of Taiwan’s total energy need by renewable energy by…

XIV Informal summit of German-speaking heads of state in Luxembourg

Oct 8, 2017

Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender – Picture by Cour Gran Ducale- Olivier Minaire. Wednesday, 27 September 2017, Luxembourg City: At the invitation of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Duke of Nassau (nominally), the heads of states and their spouses of German-speaking countries met for their annual informal summit at Neumünster Abbey to focus their discussions on migration and integration from a social and cultural point of view. More concretely two professors from the University of Luxembourg arranged the theoretic programme for the multilateral talks emphasising factors for integration such as…

Ukraine Celebrates

Oct 8, 2017

H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov and spouse Dr. Natalia Melnyk, welcoming their guests.  By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands had what can be called a “double celebration”. The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov and spouse Dr. Natalia Melnyk, hosted a reception to simultaneously celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Independence of the Ukraine Republic and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Ukraine. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157687731655413 The festivities took place on Tuesday 26 September 2017. Many colleagues and friends of…

Eurojust’s new premises

Oct 7, 2017

King Willem-Alexander and Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust during the unveiled ceremony. The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, hosted October 4th,  the official visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander for the opening ceremony of Eurojust’s new premises in the International Quarter of The Hague. His Majesty was accompanied by Mr. Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner in the Province of South Holland, and Mrs. Pauline C. Krikke, Mayor of the City of The Hague. His Majesty was introduced to Eurojust staff and attended parts of an operational coordination meeting, followed by a debriefing with the College. At the conclusion of…

Philippines’s virtuoso performed at Diligentia

Oct 7, 2017

On the picture pianist Raul Sunico. By the Philippines Embassy in The Hague. The Ambassador of the Philippines, His Excellency Jaime Victor Ledda and Mrs Gina Ledda hosted a piano concert by The Philippines’ multi-awarded pianist virtuoso Dr Prof Raul Sunico in The Hague on 28 September 2017. Dr. Raul Sunico, a world-renowned pianist and former President of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) successfully performed a piano concert held at the Diligentia Theater which included timeless classical pieces of Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Debussy; much-loved Filipino classics, Kumintang and Bato sa Buhangin; and folk-pop pieces by Gershwin. Prof. Sunico’s masterful…

ASEAN Celebrations September 2017

Oct 7, 2017

On the picture His Excellency I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. By Roy Lie A Tjam September has been an eventful month for the ASEAN countries in The Hague. On September 1st, Her Excellency Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa hosted a reception on the occasion of the 72nd Anniversary of the National Day of Vietnam. On 14 September 2017, an ASEAN Business Forum was in session in cooperation with VNO-NVW-MKB Nederland as a part of ASEAN 50th Anniversary celebrations.     The opening remarks were by His Excellency Dato’s Ahmad Nazri Yusof, the chairman of the ASEAN Committee in The Hague, and…

Tallin Digital Summit 2017

Oct 4, 2017

On the picture Estonian Premier Jüri Ratas, Dutch Premier Mark Rutte and President of the European Council Donald Tusk – Picture by MinPres – Mark Rutte 29 September 2017, Tallinn, Estonia: European Union heads of government and commissioners partook at Tallinn Digital Summit organised by the rotating presidency of Estonia to discuss the long-term effects of digitalisation, and the manner wherein it is being implemented in the Union’s member states. For many heads of government, digitalisation is a further opportunity for growth, employment and innovation. More precisely there is work under way to set up a fully functioning internal digital market…

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XI Sharq Taronalari Festival August 2017 Samarqand – Uzbekistan

XI Sharq Taronalari Festival Grand Opening Ceremony of the festival at the renowned Registan Square. The Sharq Taronalari Festival Brings People and Cultures together, statement by H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The historic city of Samarqand – Uzbekistan hosted the XI Sharq Taronalari Festival 2017, a spectacular biennium international fine- and performing arts festival on its native soil. The Sharq Taronalari Festival or Music of the East Festival is one of the largest festivals in Central Asia.   The Sharq Taronalari Festival The aims and objectives of the festival are to…

The Smartphone: A Powerful Content Creation Tool of the Present and the Future

Professor Robb Montgomery. The Professor Robb MontgomerySmartphone: A Powerful Content Creation Tool of the Present and the Future — a meeting with Filmmaker and Journalism Professor Robb Montgomery. By Sheila Turabaz Diplomat Magazine has invited filmmaker, journalism professor and author Robb Montgomery to celebrate the 5th edition of The Hague’s annual Embassy Festival. During this anniversary edition, Robb offered a unique insight into the interesting features that a smartphone has to offer for creating and editing high quality movies. Robb is a professor specialized in mobile journalism. This relatively new form of media emerged as a result of technological advancements…

UN peacekeeping mission debate results in resignation Minister of Defence

By Anton Lutter. Minister of Defence Mrs. Jeannine Hennis-Plasschaert (VVD) entered the parliamentary debate Tuesday afternoon in a relaxed way. This weekend she already had decided to resign after the devastating report of the Dutch Safetyboard, her position being untenable after coalition-partner deputy-prime minister Lodewijk Asscher (PVDA) found “plenty of reasons for her to step down”. The Safety board was called into action after an incident which occurred the 6th of July 2016 whereby two soldiers were killed and one severely injured by a deficient mortar during the UN mission in Mali. The harsh report concluded “grave shortcomings of the…

Peace Palace signs Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and justice as a future goal Peace Palace signs Sustainable Development Goals The Hague – President Bernard Bot today on behalf of the Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace signed the Sustainable Development Goals Charter. This explains the organization itself to promoting the sustainable development goals for the world established by the United Nations. Specifically, the Carnegie Foundation-Peace Palace will work towards the objective to pursue peaceful and just societies where all citizens are involved. The Peace Palace was established as a temple for peace and justice from the ideal that good dialogue, mediation and independent courts that can deal…

Why Brexit might not take place

By Barend ter Haar. The decision of the British government to leave the European Union is so full of contradictions that it is doubtful whether Brexit really will take place. Take for example the fact that the leaders of both major British parties were against Brexit because they understood that Brexit would not be in the interest of the British people but now feel obliged to do their best to implement the outcome of the referendum. What to expect from them? Do they want to go down in history as politicians that, against their better judgement, implemented a decision that…

Russia-Europe relations reset will be discussed in Budapest

On the picture Mr. Armen Oganesyan, editor-in-chief of the magazine International Affairs. On 5th of October in Budapest (Hungary) will be held an international conference «Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Contemporary International Journalism». The conference is organized by the International Affairs magazine with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. The main topics to be discussed this year are: «Russia-Europe relations: is “reset” possible? Role of media», «Revival of neo-Nazism: analysis of media technologies used by interested parties. Creating a Counterstrategy» and «Media of Russia and Europe….

  Germany that kills itself and Europe

By Michael dr. Logies. “The over-financialization and hyper-deregulations of the global(-ized) markets has brought the low-waged Chinese (peasant converted into a) worker into the spotlight of European considerations. Thus, in the last two decades, the EU economic edifice has gradually but steadily departed from its traditional labor-centered base, to the overseas investment-centered construct. This mega event, as we see now with the Euro-zone dithyramb, has multiple consequences on both the inner–European cultural, socio-economic and political balance as well as on China’s (overheated) growth. That sparse, rarefied and compressed labor, which still resides in the aging Union is either bitterly competing…

Familias en donde el funcionario es la mujer

With the release of the bestseller Traslados, Silvia Korenblum, psychologist and diplomatic spouse, describe and explore the transitory migration of diplomatic life and its impact inside the family. Diplomat Magazine decided to publish this powerful companion book designed for diplomats and their families, in its original language. Photography by Pablo Grinspun. Por Silvia Korenblum. Entre los expatriados, se puede observar cada vez con mayor frecuencia familias en donde la mujer es la “funcionaria” y el hombre es el que acompaña. Una de las primeras preguntas que surgen al pensar en este tipo de familias es: ¿Es más difícil para la mujer…

UN Migration Director General Calls for Continuity

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, by Henry Harvidson.  UN Migration Director General Calls for Continuity, Full Participation in EU Relocation Programme Brussels 26 September 2017 – On its final registration day (26/09), IOM, the UN Migration Agency counts nearly 30,000 asylum seekers that the organization has assisted through the European Union’s emergency relocation scheme. Set up two years ago to relocate over 106,000 asylum seekers from the two frontline EU Member States – Greece and Italy – EU member and associated states will have until the end of December 2017 to carry out the remaining registered relocations. Reflecting on…

The Red Cross branch The Hague’s activities in the autumn

                            By Jhr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. Like so many cities all over the world, The Hague has a Red Cross organisation: the Red Cross branch The Hague (see www.rodekruis.nl/denhaag for those who can read Dutch). This almost a 150 years old independent ‘Rode Kruis afdeling Den Haag’ (the Red Cross branch The Hague) is very active for the local community but – as part of the world wide Red Cross- of course also for the many emergency needs in the world, such as recently…

The Central American Integration

By  Andree Cardona. This week for Central America it’s very special, crucial to remember all those efforts to be an only region. Central America had in the decade of 1960 the Organisation of Central American States, this was the first integration of nations effort in the world, in that moment Europe was not United than now with the European Union. October is the month of the Central American Integration Commemoration and it’s important to me say to all International Community we are an important region to work for the peace, the development, the universal education, we can be allied of…

6th European Regional Assembly of Knights of Rizal at Brussels

                            On the picture, Dutch delegation at the 6th ERA of Knights of Rizal. By Anton Lutter. From the 25th to the 27th of august the 6th European Regional Assembly of the Order of the Knights of Rizal – the sole order of knighthood in The Philippines – has taken place in Brussels. The Order of Knights of Rizal was founded in 1911 to to honor and uphold the ideals of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. In 1951 it was granted a legislative charter by a law,…