June 20, 2019

USAID official visits warehouse supplying humanitarian aid to Venezuela

By Guido Lanfranchi. On June 4th, 2019, Ms. Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, visited the Gelderland Warehouse, which supplies humanitarian health kits for the crisis in Venezuela.  While The Hague’s World Forum was hosting the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Forum, around 75 kilometers away a high-level level US official was on an official visit to The Medical Export Group, a Dutch medical company located in Vuren. The MEG is a company specialized in the provision of healthcare assistance to low- and middle-income countries, and it has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with governmental and…

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Bangladesh Tourism Board Familiarization Tour 2019

By Roy Lie Atjam. Bangladesh….an array of festive colours.  Her landscape is like a kaleidoscope of ever changing colours. Just a simple walk through the streets of Dhaka or in any other city or village, the scenery is filled with splendidly dressed people. Bangladesh is a place where hospitality and a sterling smile are the quintessential characteristics of being a true Bangladeshi!  In brief: Bangladesh is a politically non-allied sovereign state-of approximately 170 million people in South-Asia. The official name of the country is, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The first President and the Father of the Nation was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) aims at…

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Kazakhs have chosen: Tokayev is the new President of Kazakhstan

During the first presidential election without Nursultan Nazarbayev as a candidate, former Foreign Affairs Minister and UN diplomat Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been elected President of Kazakhstan, winning 77.6% of the votes. The ballot represents the start of new era for Kazakhstan, the largest economy in Central Asia, rich in oil and gas reserves, and situated in a strategic location between China and Russia. In the wake of the elections, Tokayev has expressed his commitment to an open and transparent government, “a mandate of truth for the next five years”. The day after the elections – just before being officially declared…

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GES 2019 draws to an end

In the picture Ms. Ivanka Trump, advisor of U.S. President Donald Trump. By Guido Lanfranchi. After two and a half hectic, intensive days, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, held in The Hague, drew to an end. Yet, the follow-up of the Summit is expected to be extensive, with the development of new partnership and initiatives established during the gathering. On June 5th, the 9th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, co-organized by the Netherlands and the United States in The Hague, eventually arrived at its conclusion. After two and a half days full of meetings, speeches, workshops, and initiatives, the participants…

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The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 edition starts in The Hague

In the picture US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo participates in a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Global Entrepreneurship Summit. By Guido Lanfranchi. On June 3rd, 2019, the Town Hall of The Hague hosted the introductory ceremony for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The gathering, co-organized by the Netherlands and the United States, is set to bring together 2,000 global leaders in entrepreneurship, innovation, investment, and policy. Over a thousand talented entrepreneurs from 140 countries across the world, more than 300 large scale investors, a host of government leaders, and three days to build connections and networks among these different…

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Budapest: the Paris of the East

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is often referred to as “the Paris of the East”. If you are planning to visit this beautiful city, here is a piece of advice for you: profit from the precious tips of Anna Balazs. Anna is an expert organizer of trips to Hungary. Since Wizzair Airlines started to link Hungary to the Netherlands, Anna, who has been living in the Netherlands for 25 years, started to specialize in the organization of visits to the Hungarian capital, especially for adult visitors.  Anna’s approach is based on customizing the visit to each visitor’s needs. Ahead of…

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Kazakhstan heads towards historic presidential elections

The Ambassador of Kazakhstan, H.E. Magzhan Ilyassov. By Guido Lanfranchi. Ahead of the historic 2019 presidential election in Kazakhstan, H.E. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands, commented on his country’s political transition. Praising the pacific and constitutional nature of such transition, the Ambassador hailed at the developments in Kazakhstan as a success story in Central Asia. On March 19th, 2019, then-President Nursultan Nazarbayev caught many by surprise when he announced that, after thirty years spent as Kazakhstan’s leader, he would resign from the position of President of the Republic. Mr. Nazarbayev’s resignation kick-started a political transition in the…

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The Dutch Council for Russian Compatriots elects a new Bureau.

Konstantin Makarenko, the Executive director of the Public Diplomacy Corps (PDC) Foundation named the priority for the current stage: “to change the principles of work”. The Hague, 18th May 2019. TASS Correspondent Vitaly Chugin.  A scheduled conference of the Coordination Council of Russian compatriots was held last Saturday in the Hague. The Conference elected a new Bureau and set out the goals and tasks for the near future. When speaking to our TASS correspondent, Mr. Makarenko, the Executive director of the Public Diplomacy Corps (PDC) Foundation, who moderated the meeting, mentioned that the priority for the current stage is: “to change the principles of work”….

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Dr. Saroj Thapa: a life for education

Dr. Saroj Thapa, spouse of the Ambassador of India, H.E. Venu Rajamony, spent her whole life in the area of school education, forming teachers and promoting inclusivity in education all over the world. As of today, she continues to fight for a good education for all, because “every child can learn”. Teacher education, classroom teaching, special needs education, inclusion: these are the core issues that have been at the center of Dr. Saroj Thapa’s life for the last three decades. Her long-lasting interest in the area of school education led her to build a solid academic background in this field,…

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The Peace Palace: an Inexhaustible Source of Inspiration

Sheila Turabaz and the Chairman of the Carnegie Foundation, Mr. J.P.H. (Piet Hein) Donner. By Sheila Turabaz. As a (junior) reporter for Diplomat Magazine since 2016, I have attended many interesting events hosted at different venues on various occasions, but nothing has left quite the impression on me like the Peace Palace, the global icon of peace and justice and considered a part of Europe’s finest cultural heritage. It isn’t merely because of its majestic appearance (although that certainly contributes to its iconic status), but rather its mission: to prevent and solve conflicts peacefully and to stimulate world peace (through the application…

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