April 20, 2019

Hong Kong celebrates its 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region

By Shirley Lam, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union. This is a special year for Hong Kong as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of its return to China. Since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on 1 July 1997, Hong Kong continues to thrive as it enjoys the benefits of “one country, two systems”. We have benefited greatly from the vast opportunities arising from the blooming of China’s economy. At the same time, as an international city with free movement of capital, information and talents, the rule of law, a…

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Indonesia-Netherlands’ Partnership Beyond 2.0: The Highlights of the Relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands

By H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands dates back years ago. This relation, which can be characterized as very close and dynamic, have been subjected to various ups and downs. It appears useful to draw a lesson from the developments in both nations’ mutual history in order to maintain and deepen the ties and cooperation in the years to come. At present, relations and cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands have been moving in a favourable direction. It is very encouraging…

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L’Andorre se projette dans l’avenir avec un nouveau modèle économique

By Maria Ubach Font, Représentante de la Principauté d’Andorre auprès de l’Union Européenne, Ambassadeur auprès des pays du Benelux et l’Allemagne. La principauté d’Andorre s’est dotée d’une Constitution approuvée par voie référendaire le 14 mars 1993. Nous fêtons cette année le 24ème anniversaire de cette loi fondamentale qui a permis à l’Andorre d’accéder à la souveraineté tout en gardant son système institutionnel séculaire. La Principauté a engagé un processus ambitieux de modernisation de son cadre fiscal et économique et souhaite renforcer ses liens avec l’Union européenne. Cette véritable transformation va permettre à l’Andorre de devenir un Etat plus ouvert, plus…

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Belarus and the Netherlands, Marking the Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

By H.E. Mr Mikalai Barysevich, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This year Belarus and the Netherlands mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations on 24th March 1992. A quarter of a century might not be a long time from a historic perspective but over these years Belarus and the Netherlands have worked very intensively to form the necessary legal base of bilateral relations and to develop a productive bilateral dialogue in the spheres of common interest. I will mention just a few events that have shaped Belarusian-Dutch relations over this…

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L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) est une organisation multilatérale singulière

By Ambassador Stéphane López, Représentant Permanent de La Francophonie auprès de l’Union européenne. Imaginée par un Québécois : le journaliste Jean-Marc Léger, portée en son projet fondateur par un Sénégalais : Léopold Sédar Senghor, et créée grâce à la mobilisation visionnaire de plusieurs Chefs d’Etat du grand Sud francophone : les Diori Hamani, Habib Bourguiba, Charles Hélou, Philibert Tsiranana, ou d’Asie : Norodom Sihanouk, elle a vu le jour le 20 mars 1970, à Niamey, au Niger. Ces origines montrent assez que, contrairement à une représentation tenace, elle n’est pas un instrument français, née de la volonté de la France, et au service de…

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Diplomat Magazine is now going global

The President of Greece, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos. Photo cover page by Henry Arvidsson.   By Dr Mayelinne De Lara. With every step, and in each new edition, Diplomat Magazine continues to grow in strength and popularity. We are delighted to have nurtured its development into an important media platform for the diplomatic community in the Netherlands and beyond. Not only is Diplomat Magazine the very first publication for diplomats in the Netherlands, but it has grown in recent months to cover the entire Benelux region, and is now going global following an agreement with Dow Jones that will see more…

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The Queen Mother of Bhutan

Royal Secretariat of Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck. Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan. Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck was born on the 11th of May 1963 in the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Her Majesty is youngest of the four queens of Bhutan’s most celebrated monarch His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Her Majesty has been actively involved in promoting the country’s rich cultural heritage and supports various social causes in Bhutan. She is compassionate about the welfare of women, youth and children and has been recognized as an advocate for…

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Malta at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On the picture Ambassador Ray Azzopardi during the opening of the Art Exhibition by Maltese painters at the European Parliament. The Presidency of the Council of the European Union provided Malta with an excellent opportunity to showcase its cultural heritage, here, in Brussels. Despite being the smallest Member State of the EU, Malta is rich in its history and culture. This is partly as a result of its strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, which many consider it a cradle of civilisations. Malta has been blessed with architectural majesty and artistic grandeur. Visitors and dignitaries are always…

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Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union

By Her Excellency Aida Luz Santos de Escobar, Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Association Agreement signed in 2012 between Central America and the European Union, unlike any other political or trade agreement consists of three pillars: Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Trade. Each complements the other two. In El Salvador Policy and Cooperation are areas under responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Trade is under responsibility of the Ministry of Economy. Political Dialogue pillar establishes institutional mechanisms between Central America and the European Union, through which common values ​​between the two regions are promoted;…

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The Smiling Coast of Africa Welcomes you for Christmas

  By H.E. Ms Teneng Mba Jaiteh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia to The Kingdom of Belgium and Mission to the EU with concurrent accreditation to The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Fondly referred to as the Smiling Coast of Africa, The Republic of The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Upon gaining independence from Britain in 1965, the country quickly established itself strongly in the West African sub-region as a haven of peace and stability. As a newly independent nation and a member of the Non-Aligned Movement,…

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