BBC: Does Justin Trudeau apologise too much? Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far issued four formal apologies for historic injustice since his government’s election in 2015, beating all his predecessors in government mea culpas. Why is Trudeau Canada’s most apologetic leader? By Jessica Murphy.
Reuters: Netanyahu says Canada, Italy and Germany to take in some of Israel’s African migrants. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Canada, Italy and Germany will take in some of Israel’s African migrants under an agreement Israel reached with the U.N. refugee agency. Under the deal with the UNHCR, Israel said it plans to relocate more than 16,000 migrants to Western countries. “This is) a unique agreement between the U.N. commissioner and the state of Israel, that takes 16,250 people out, takes them out to developed countries like Canada, or Germany and Italy – that is the commitment the U.N. High Commissioner has made – to organize it and even to fund it,” Netanyahu said on live television.
Times of Israel: Netanyahu: 16,250 migrants to resettle in ‘developed countries,’ rest will stay. Some 16,250 African migrants in Israel will be resettled in “developed” Western countries, while a similar number will be allowed to stay and given temporary residency, under a new agreement reached with the UN refugee agency, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday. “This agreement will allow for the departure from Israel of 16,250 migrants to developed countries like Canada or Germany or Italy,” Netanyahu said, without elaborating. Other reports said the United States and Sweden would also take in some of the number.
Russia Today: Hackers steal up to 5mn customer card records from luxury retail chain in US, Canada. In what has been described as one of the biggest card heists in history, a hacker group claims it obtained payment details relating to five million customers of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord&Taylor stores, located mostly in the US. The breach was first discovered by cybersecurity firm, Gemini Advisory, and was later confirmed by Hudson’s Bay Company – one of Canada’s largest retail groups with a specific focus on the luxury market. The company owns Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th and Lord&Taylor stores, which were identified by Gemini as victims of the hack. It said that it was “aware of the security issue” and has “taken steps to contain it.” The breach has not affected its online stores, the company added.
Amad – Palestine: Canadian parliamentary delegation arrives in Palestine. The Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group kicked-off its visit to Palestine in Bethlehem where it was received by the Palestinian Ambassador to Canada, Nabil Marouf, the Canadian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Douglas Scott Proudfoot, the city’s governor and mayor, and two members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The delegation, consisting of 18 Members of Parliament and headed by MP Marwan Tabbara, will be meeting with the Palestinian President, Prime Minister, and members of the Negotiations Committee, and will visit projects developed by the Government of Canada. Proudfoot said that the visit is the first of a large Canadian delegation representing the 5 political parties in Canada, and which contributes to building bridges between the peoples of Canada and Palestine. On his part, Tabbara said that the visit aims to assess the situation on the ground in Palestine and transfer the experience to the Canadian parliament.
Hespress – Morocco: Marocan 2018 bridges gap between business people in Morocco and Canada. Organized by the Moroccan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canada, the Marocan 2018 festivities will launch in Montreal, on 14 April, and will cover various economic, intellectual and social events. President of the Chamber, Abderrahim Khouibaba, said that the festivities will include the Salon CITEX exhibition -running between 2 and 8 June- which shall present an opportunity for a visiting Moroccan business delegation to meet with their Canadian counterparts, especially those in the real estate and banking sectors. He lauded the role that Canada’s embassy in Rabat plays in cementing the Morocco-Canada cooperation, as well as its efforts in making this year’s festivities a success. He noted that a high profile Canadian delegation will be attending the 2018 International Africa Development Forum, which is organized by Moroccan Attijariwafa Bank and attended by more than one thousand African companies.
Al Khaleej – United Arab Emirates: UAE-Canada non-petroleum trade reaches $4 billion in 2017. HE Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy of the UAE, has met with the Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade, Timothy Sargent, and discussed areas of cooperation and bilateral trade – which amounted to $4 billion in 2017. The meeting also discussed current preparations for the second session of the UAE-Canadian Joint Economic Committee, to be held at the later half of this year. The first session, held previously in Ottawa, focused on sectors of common interest and ways to develop partnerships on both the government and private sector levels, including in energy and renewable energy, agricultural products, innovation, SMEs, technology and transportation.
Al Rai – Jordan: Competitive advantage for Jordanian products in Canada. A report produced for the Jordan Chamber of Commerce concluded that 39 local products can compete competitively in the Canadian market under the current Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), including leather and weaving products, cosmetics and therapeutics, chemical and medical supplies, and foodstuff. The report coincides with demands from the manufacturing sector to revise current trade agreements with economic blocks and partnering countries, and evaluate their economic feasibility and impact on national sectors, particularly exports. According to the report, trade between the two countries amounted to $123 million by end of last year, and Jordanian exports to Canada increased gradually in the period between 2013 and 2017, reaching $63 million; or 3 times the total value recorded in 2012 before the FTA entered into force in Q4. Canadian imports into Jordan, on the other hand, grew by 8.5% in 2017, reaching $60 million vis-a-vis $55 million in 2016, $80 million in 2013, and $63 million in 2012. Canada accords tariff-free treatment of Jordanian goods, while Canadian imports are subject to decreased tariffs on periods of 3 to 5 years.
Al Bawaba – Jordan: Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) opens 2nd office in Canada. The new liaison office, based in Ottawa, will serve AGIP’s current clients in North and South America and expand the company’s services in Canada, including registration and renewal of trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights and domain names, and consulting on acts of infringement and appeals against rejection. The Ottawa office will support the operations of the Montreal office, as well as AGIP’s other offices worldwide, with their consulting practice in business and administration, education, strategic and economic studies, vocational and technical training and translation.
Akhbarak – Egypt: 22 Egyptian companies to participate in SIAL Canada this May. The Egyptian Agricultural Exports Council will lead 22 Egyptian companies at the SIAL Canada exhibition, representing various foods industries, including juices and juice concentrates, vegetables and frozen fruits, olives and olive oil, pickles, snacks, tomato pastes, dairy products, essential oils, pasta, margarine and edible oils, and confectioneries. The Council has previously announced a program, financed by the Trade Facilitation Office Canada and in cooperation with the Commercial Office of the Egyptian Consulate in Montreal, that is aimed at supporting 10 Egyptian companies throughout their participation in the exhibition and meetings with selected Canadian retail chains. The Egyptian pavilion at SIAL Canada will be the 2nd largest in terms of number of participating companies, after that of Spain.
Shorouk News – Egypt: Training program with Canada, Germany and UNDP concludes. The Egyptian Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform has concluded its Project Management and Electronic Systems training program, which took place over the past 4 months, with the attendance of Randa Aboul-Hosn, Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt, Jess Dutton, Ambassador of Canada to Egypt, and Sebastian Lesch, Head of Development Cooperation of the German Embassy in Egypt. The program aimed at increasing the efficiency and skill of state administrative staff, and covered 77 trainees of the Ministry, along with 202 others of 32 different ministries and 6 governmental bodies, in addition to public universities and research centres.