Canada looks forward to constructive engagement with Sri Lanka

The Canadian Foreign Minister said it was the first high level interaction she had with Sri Lanka since her appointment in January 2017 and look forward to further constructive engagement on all aspects of the bilateral relationship. Canada has said it looks forward to constructive engagement with Sri Lanka, according to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Manila.Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had a bilateral meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries. The interactions also delved into areas which could benefit from Canadian development assistance, training, capacity building and support livelihood generation, humanitarian assistance and in this regard, the State Minister requested Canada’s continued support.The State Minister also said Sri Lanka is keen on enhancing contribution to the UN Peacekeeping operations and looks forward to the Ministerial Meeting on Peacekeeping to be hosted by Canada in November 2017. State Minister Senanayake briefed the Canadian Minister on the political developments and progress on all aspects of the reconciliation process underway in Sri Lanka. He mentioned Sri Lanka’s ongoing consideration of acceding to several international instruments. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the grand celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at which the State Minister is representing Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN envoy to begin assessment mission in Bolivia today

Mr. Ocampo is to observe the current situation in Bolivia and report back to the Secretary-General, a UN spokesman said today. Mr. Ocampo is also expected to meet with all parties concerned during his trip.Last week, in announcing plans to send Mr. Ocampo to Bolivia, Mr. Annan said through a spokesman that he strongly believes that Bolivians should resolve their differences peacefully and democratically and that the rule of law should be respected in resolving the current political crisis in the country. read more

Less than 75 days to worlds biggest mining equipment show

first_imgJoin 40,000 attendees heading for MINExpo INTERNATIONAL®2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch for the International Mining booth – 1967. Between September 24 and 26, MINExpo will showcase mining’s most advanced technology and services and draw more than 40,000 mining executives, engineers and operators in a record-breaking exhibition of the world’s mining industry. Hosted every four years by the National Mining Association (NMA), MINExpo puts mining on dramatic display, providing rich visuals and story lines for mining, business, energy and environmental reporters. More than 1,800 exhibitors from 35 countries will showcase a wide range of new product introductions and exhibit some of the largest mining equipment ever assembled under 850,000 square feet of exhibition space. Separate pavilions for China, Australia, Germany, Chile and Canada will highlight mining’s growing role across the world.“Mining has played a dominant role in powering the world economy,” said NMA’s President and CEO, Hal Quinn. “MINExpo is an extraordinary opportunity to see the industry that is building the future.”The event draws equipment manufacturers, mining machinery and service providers from around the world to highlight an industry that has powered industrial revolution and rapid urbanisation in the developing world and provides metals and minerals that have become indispensable for new communications and energy technologies. No wonder MINExpo 2012 will be 40% bigger than the 2008 exhibition.Leading industry figures will be on hand Monday, September 24, at the Opening Session to provide wide-ranging insights into the outlook for sustainable growth and development in the world mining economy, highlight major capital investments in new mining ventures and the quality of global ore deposits, and discuss new applications and markets for metals and minerals, as well as opportunities and challenges to the industry’s continued strong performance.MINExpo will provide the backdrop for two major annual award announcements. The 2011 winners of the annual Sentinels of Safety Awards will be announced at a luncheon on Tuesday, September 25, and the US Department of the Interior will announce its annual environmental and reclamation awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, September 26.In addition, education sessions will tackle some of the most timely and pressing issues facing mining and will be led by experts from all segments of the mining industry. read more