Reuters: Canada optimistic about making progress to end China canola ban: PM. Canada is optimistic it can make progress this year in talks to persuade China to allow imports of Canadian canola seed to resume, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, even as tensions between Ottawa and Beijing reach new highs. Trudeau spoke hours after an industry group said Chinese importers had stopped buying Canadian canola, adding that purchases from the major customer were not expected to resume anytime soon. Canada and China are locked in a dispute over trade and telecoms technology that has mushroomed since police in Vancouver arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant in December. She is awaiting an extradition hearing.
Washington Post: China has put Canadian canola oil in the middle of a wider geopolitical dispute. On Tuesday, China’s General Administration of Customs revoked the canola-seed export license of Viterra, a Regina-based grain handler. It is the second Canadian company to have its canola-seed export rights revoked, after Beijing suspended shipments from Richardson International — Canada’s largest exporter of the crop — earlier this month. The Canola Council of Canada, an industry group, said last week that Chinese importers have mysteriously stopped buying Canadian canola seeds altogether. Even before these developments, Canadian canola traders had complained of longer-than-usual customs inspections and trouble getting import permits for their product. China, which accounts for 40 percent of Canada’s canola exports, said its reasons for blacklisting Canadian canola are “scientifically sound and reasonable.”
The Guardian: Canada: man arrested over stun-gun abduction of Chinese student. Police in Canada have made their first arrest in the case of a missing Chinese student, who was abducted in an armed kidnapping at the weekend. Wanzhen Lu, 22, has not been seen since Saturday when three masked attackers attacked him with a stun gun in the city of Markham, Ontario, north of Toronto. A fourth person waited in a nearby vehicle. On Tuesday, police announced the arrest of a 35-year-old man in connection with Lu’s abduction. He has not been identified, nor has he been formally charged.
BBC: Snowden helper arrives in Canada after being granted asylum. A woman who helped shelter Edward Snowden in Hong Kong has been granted asylum in Canada. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived at Toronto Airport on Monday. The 42-year-old says she is now “safe and free” and will settle in Montreal. Ms Rodel was one of several refugees who gave ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden shelter while he was on the run for leaking details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance.
Al Jazeera: Chinese student found alive after being kidnapped in Canada. Canadian police say a Chinese student who was abducted in the Toronto area has been found. According to Constable Andy Pattenden with York Regional Police, Wanzhen Lu showed up at a house looking for help in what’s called cottage country in Ontario on Tuesday night, approximately 200km from where he was taken, according to CBC news. He has minor injuries and was treated in hospital. Lu’s family members arrived in Canada from China on Monday and were “traumatised” by their son’s kidnapping, Pattenden told CBC.
Al Watan News – Bahrain: Bahraini Non-resident Ambassador to Canada seeks to strengthen cooperation with Ottawa. The Ambassador met with the Canadian Secretary to the Cabinet, Ian Shugart, and discussed ways to strengthen political, military, and economic cooperation. The Ambassador expressed Bahrain’s desire to promote bilateral relations, specially in trade and combat of terrorism, and to draw on Canadian expertise in education and health care. The Ambassador lauded Canada’s role in keeping regional security and stability through its participation in the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) since 2004. On his part, Shugart thanked the Government of Bahrain for hosting the Canadian forces.
Al-Masalah – Iraq: Canada supports Iraqi women with $14 million. The Ambassador of Canada in Iraq, Paul Gibbard, announced the $14 million contribution from Canada to establish three new projects that shall benefit women in Iraq. Gibbard said that supporting women and girls is the best way forward for a more secure, inclusive, and prosperous Iraq, and that Canada will support efforts to strengthen local humanitarian organizations and movements that work toward promoting women’s rights.
Khaberni – Jordan: $50 million in aid from Canada to Jordan, other countries. The Government of Canada announced the granting of CAD $50 million in humanitarian aid to meet needs in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the crisis in Syria still affects millions of people in neighboring countries, and that Canada is committed to cooperation with the international community to foster peace and security in the Middle East. The grant will be allocated to UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which in turn will fund projects to meet the basic needs of beneficiaries in crisis, including nutritional aid, comprehensive health care and cleanliness services, and protection and reproductive care to women and girls.
Ammon News – Jordan: Canada-Jordan relations witness upward trend in various fields: Canada’s ambassador. In a meeting with the Mayor of the Zarqa, the Canadian Ambassador in Jordan, Peter MacDougall, said that Jordan is a role model for the world in the generosity it has showed in hosting refugees despite challenges at home. On his part, the Mayor pointed to the strength and importance of the relations between the two countries, and explained the challenges faced by the Zarqa Municipality, including large debts, and its need for funds to better serve the residents.
AlQarar AlAraby – Egypt: Canada, World Food Programme support integration of Syrian refugees in Egypt. The Canadian Ambassador in Egypt, Jesse Dutton, and a representative of the World Food Programme have made a visit to a school in Egypt which was a subject of a joint project for nutritional development in schools, from which more than a million Egyptian and Syrian students were the beneficiaries over the past four years. The project, funded by Canada with CAD $10 million, promotes social integration of children of Syrian refugees in more than 570 public schools in Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Qalyubia. Dutton said that Canadian development projects aim to build the capacities of individuals, families, and societies at large, while this project aims to improve the conditions of students that were victims of conflicts by building social resilience and reinforcing sustainable development.
Ahram Gate – Egypt: I expect Canada to win $5 billion bids for trains in new Capital and Sheikh Zayed cities: Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. In an interview with Ahram Gate, the Chair commented as follows.
– What’s your comment on the new investments law?
– At first, and prior the World Investment Forum in Sharm Al Sheikh, we encountered many issues with internalizing the law and convincing Canadian investors, which, there were 28 of them awaiting for the new law to be issued. Now, as new amendments were finalized, I can affirm that the law is excellent, although we still need assurances in regard to the stability of its resolutions and articles.
– What are the updates on the proposed gold purification plant?
– There were serious efforts to establish the plant in Egypt but all proved infeasible due to the low quantity of gold extracted from Al-Sukkari mine, currently the only gold mine in Egypt, and compared with the high cost of the plant construction of $70 million. Nevertheless, Egypt’s recent expansion in African markets and settling on four gold exploration bids in Egypt should improve the economics of the project and push for the construction of the plant sometime during the current year.
– What is the size of Canadian investments in Egypt?
– In fact, Canadian investments boomed in Egypt over the past few years, specially in petroleum and mining sectors – particularly in gold, in which Canada is a leader as it hosts the world’s gold exchange in Toronto. In addition to its participation in the underground metro project (the fourth line), Canada is expected to win $5 billion bids to construct elevated monorails in the new Capital and Sharm Al Sheikh cities. Canada has also invested in education and built the first Canadian university in Egypt last year. There are other investments too in infrastructure and solar energy – specially that the Canadian investor views investments in renewable energy secure and has good experience with its marketing.
Al Masdar – Tunisia: Tunisia, Canada launch joint master’s degree in public administration and international affairs governance. The Institute of Political Studies in the European University of Tunis and the National School of Public Administration in Canada have signed a partnership agreement that provides for the establishment of a joint master degree program in public administration and international affairs governance. According to the agreement, the program aims to prepare a new generation of qualified graduates in governance through providing the educational tools for evaluation and laying the foundations for governance that is dependent on economic, social, and political aspects. The Ambassador of Canada in Tunisia, Carol McQueen, said in the signing ceremony that more than 60 cooperation agreements exist between university institutes in Canada and Tunisia, and there are around 2,000 Tunisian students in Canadian universities.
Ennahar Online – Algeria: Algeria participates in the Montreal International Real Estate and Investment Exhibition. The Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the country’s participation and stated that the conference will connect investors and business people with companies in the construction sector.