Ministers and High-level Authorities Urge for Incorporating the Gender Perspective into Policies for Pandemic Response and Recovery

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The 62nd Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by ECLAC in coordination with UN Women, concluded 27th January 2022 with a call for promoting policies that would foster a transformative recovery with gender equality.

Ministers and high-level authorities from mechanisms for women’s advancement urged for incorporating the gender perspective into COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery policies and for including women and girls in their design and implementation, during the closing session of the Sixty-second Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in coordination with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

At the gathering, these authorities committed to “advancing recovery plans with affirmative actions that foster comprehensive care systems, decent work and the full and effective participation of women in strategic sectors of the economy for a transformative recovery with gender equality aimed at the sustainability of life and for the transition to a care society.”

In the agreements reached at the meeting, the delegates again reaffirmed the commitment to “take all necessary measures to accelerate the effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Regional Gender Agenda, strengthening gender equality institutions and architecture through the prioritization of machineries for the advancement of women and gender mainstreaming by the different levels and branches of the State, by increasing the allocation of financial, technical and human resources, gender budgeting, and monitoring and accountability, with citizen participation.” They added that this “will foster public policies for response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a transformative and gender-equal post-pandemic recovery.”

The authorities also approved a roadmap for the fifteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place in Argentina during the first week of November 2022.

In the framework of the Regional Consultation prior to the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the ministers and high-level authorities adopted a joint declaration addressing climate change and disasters, environmental sustainability and gender equality. The Declaration recognizes the differentiated effects of climate change on women and girls, along with the greater impact they face when disasters hit, highlighting the region’s vulnerable situation with regard to both climate change and disasters. In this context, the adopted Declaration proposes concrete measures so that the climate and environmental challenge we are facing does not serve to further deepen inequality for women and girls, but rather serves as an opportunity to carry forward initiatives that would put them at the center. The Declaration will be presented by Argentina, the country that represents the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) on the Bureau of the CSW, and to the rest of the countries that will participate in the 66th session.

Participating in the meeting’s closing session were Ana Güezmes García, Director of ECLAC’s Division for Gender Affairs, speaking on behalf of Alicia Bárcena, the regional commission’s Executive Secretary; María-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women; and Mónica Zalaquett, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Gender Equity of Chile, in her capacity as Chair of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ana Güezmes reaffirmed the importance of moving towards a care society for a transformative and sustainable recovery with gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ECLAC’s representative underscored that addressing climate change and disasters is one of the major challenges we face as a regional and international community, and it brooks no delays. “That is why we need to foster mitigation and adaptation actions, ones that are coordinated at an international, regional, national and subnational level. These actions are clearly linked to policies that would put care for the planet and for people at the center of sustainable development, and that means linking to, and removing, the structural constraints of inequality.”

Furthermore, Ana Güezmes emphasized that “it is urgently necessary to redistribute time, resources and power, and work to move towards a new development pattern based on gender equality and sustainability. We are facing a change of era. The care society is our horizon.”

In her remarks, María-Noel Vaeza stressed that “women’s organizations on the ground, and in particular those of women who defend human rights and the environment, including indigenous women, are especially vulnerable to growing threats and acts of gender violence, above all in Latin America and the Caribbean, since they are trying to protect natural resources from unsustainable exploitation. Ensuring their protection and their human rights must be an essential priority.”

Minister Mónica Zalaquett, meanwhile, highlighted Latin American and Caribbean countries’ commitment to continue laying the foundations for a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable post-COVID-19 world.

“I have watched with pride how our countries have risen to the occasion to face such a complex and changing scenario as the one prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected all spheres of women’s lives, producing the biggest economic crisis in recent decades and further straining the gender inequalities and gaps that limit women’s autonomy in our society,” the minister stated. She also expressed gratitude for the broad support given to the Regional Alliance for Women’s Digitalization in Latin America and the Caribbean, led by Chile with technical support from ECLAC and UN Women, and reiterated her call for governments to actively participate in this initiative.

At the meeting, the participating authorities invited all the countries of the region to join the Global Alliance for Care, launched by Mexico with the support of UN Women, and encouraged the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean and of other regions, developed countries, United Nations agencies, funds and programs and other relevant actors to contribute financial resources to ensure the sustainability of the Regional Fund in support of Women’s and Feminist Organizations and Movements.

Finally, the ministers and senior authorities recognized Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, “for her leadership, commitment and outstanding work, and for her efforts in favor of the rights and autonomy of women in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for her tireless efforts in favor of gender equality to achieve sustainable development and a care society in the region.”

Participating in the meeting were delegates from 39 of ECLAC’s Member States and associate members, along with a sizeable group of representatives from UN agencies, funds and programs, specialized organizations and intergovernmental bodies, feminist and women’s organizations and civil society entities.

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Avión Tequila Introduces Avión Reserva Cristalino

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Pernod Ricard’s Avión tequila is tapping into the soaring demand for prestige tequila by expanding its exclusive Reserva range with the launch of Avión Reserva Cristalino – the second release to join the Avión Reserva line-up.


Who are Tequila Avion?

A multi award-winning tequila, Avión is crafted with a simple philosophy; committed to creating a single origin tequila that embodies the best of craft processes to ensure the natural, rich, and roasted flavours of the Avion agave.

The journey of Avión begins in the small town of Arandas, Jalisco. Here, single origin, blue agave is grown at some of the highest elevations for 7 – 10 years. When ripe, the finest single source agave is then handpicked and slow roasted in brick ovens for three days. These low temperatures gently caramelize the agave, bringing out its natural sweetness and rich flavour.

Avión tequila is then distilled in small, handmade pot stills, before it undergoes meticulous, ultra-slow filtration. Finally, the liquid is aged in former American whisky barrels.

A bottle of Avión Reserva Cristalino

This launch comes off the back of an impressive year for Avión (achieving high double-digit growth) and reflects increasing demand for prestige tequila – now the fastest growing price segment within the category.

“This growth is driven by consumers’ excitement and desire to try new Tequilas, both at home and on premise,” says Michael Merolli – CEO at House of Tequila, Pernod Ricard´s division in charge of all Mexican origin spirits. “With this launch we aim to expand our Avión Reserva Range with a new fresh profile so consumers can choose their favorite Reserva according to their taste preference, the setting or moment in which they are enjoying it.”

A crystal-clear aged tequila, Avión Reserva Cristalino is aimed at propelling Avión’s success even further, driving both penetration and higher value sales among consumers seeking the perfect serve for an ultra-premium tasting experience.


Avión Reserva Cristalino Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: Primary notes of oak, vanilla, caramel and warm spices, like cinnamon. These aromas are complemented by hints of minerality, lime zest and fresh agave.
  • Taste: Creamy notes of vanilla, pecans and roasted agave and pineapple. Agave bright notes of fresh herbs and minerality.
  • Finish: Full bodied and Smooth palate of oak, caramel and earthy tones.
Tasting notes diagram of Avión Reserva Cristalino

Distilled in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico – using mature, hand-selected agave grown at the highest elevations – Avión Reserva Cristalino is crafted using a unique blend of the finest 12-month-old Añejo and a touch of 3-year-old Extra Añejo Reserva. The liquid then undergoes double-charcoal filtration to achieve a clear tequila of unparalleled smoothness with a fruity, floral character, which carefully balances the citric nuances of agave with the signature taste and aroma of barrel aging. The brand claims the delicately balanced profile of Avión Reserva Cristalino will appeal to both Blanco and Añejo tequila aficionados alike.

“Since its foundation in 2008, Avión has been driven by a desire to make tequila that is truly unique, a passion that has resulted in the use of only the finest quality agave from higher elevations,” says Michael Merolli  – CEO –  House Of Tequila (Pernod Ricard).

Xavier Zamudio, Brand Manager for Avión, says: “Through the introduction of Avión Reserva Cristalino, we have crafted a tequila that pays homage to every step in our production process – from field to bottle – showcasing the uniqueness of our terroir, the character of our agave, the purity of our distillation and the delicate relationship with wood during ageing.

“The result of this vision is a crystal-clear Añejo tequila which strikes the perfect balance between aged complexity and agave brightness. Best enjoyed neat, or on the rocks, this new launch offers consumers an elevated drinking experience with every sip, which we’re confident will contribute to the continued growth of the prestige tequila sector.”

To ensure its unique appearance and flavour profile, the new launch has been developed in collaboration with renowned spirits judge, restaurant critic and cocktail expert Virginia

Miller. The final product is the result of rigorous testing, with over 56 prototypes coming before it.

Miller comments: “It has been exciting working with the Avión team for over a year, creating the Cristalino I longed to see in the market. Taking inspiration from across spirits categories and working outside the box with a range of flavour profiles and blends, I am proud of what we created together: a Cristalino with age and complexity, balance and nuance, but one that is a tequila first – showcasing our beloved agave.”


Avion Reserva Cristalino (750ml, RRP: $149 USD) will be available in the USA, Mexico and St. Barts from the beginning of February, and will be rolled out in Europe by Summer 2022.

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New Trending Online Businesses In USA

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At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, nobody expected that it would last this long. People quickly got bored being trapped inside their homes. Some started to lose hope because they missed their life before the pandemic. Others took all the stress and frustration and transformed it into something productive.

A recent economic survey reports that in 2020 the number of new businesses increased by 12%, and at the height of the lockdown, more than 85,000 online businesses were established. Here is a brief list of some of the online business types that took off during the last two years.


Clothing Shops

Online clothing businesses rank first in the online business chart. The increasing preference for “ethical fashion” is one big reason why online stores have become so popular.

Related to online clothing shops, clothing featuring the works of artists and content creators has also gained popularity on social media and Etsy sites because of their uniqueness. Many underrated artists choose to transform their art into clothing by using custom clothing specialists like Printful t-shirts.


Jewellery and Handmade Accessories

From fancy and delicate to edgy and dark, jewellery truly reflects our personality. Stores selling jewellery and accessories online are quite popular due to the comeback of eccentric styles like punk, goth, or vintage. Recently, fairy-tale-inspired jewellery has become more popular and taken over social media platforms.

Creating a shop to display your work and interact with buyers on sites like Amazon and Etsy may take less than a day. It’s a reasonable business choice to explore if you enjoy arts, crafts, and DIY projects.


Self-publishing Books

From books to journals, sites like Amazon encourage amateur writers to share their creations with the rest of the world while also making a profit. If you can obtain a few hundred sales in the first week with your book, Amazon will take over and promote it for you. A good start for this type of small business is to design children’s activity books, journals, or stories.


Cosmetic Products

Chemical pollution, plastic pollution, and, worst of all, animal cruelty are just some of the cosmetic industry’s negative side effects. Online customers are becoming increasingly conscious about their purchases, particularly when it comes to cosmetic items. One of the trendiest internet business ideas right now is to open a beauty shop with a strong policy against pollution and animal abuse that resonates with environmentalists and animal lovers.

The best part is that you can share the creative process with your social media followers, thus gaining their trust and creating a sense of community.


Writing & Proofreading

To end this list, we chose to talk about a business you can manage from the comfort of your bed while wearing pyjamas; that business is writing and proofreading. Proofreading, along with translations, is mainly requested by people who conduct academic research and publish their work in formal journals and need official papers checked by a native speaker.

Writing is a more laborious process but can still be fun and stimulating. You can choose to write for websites, blogs, or various businesses.

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Simplii Financial Launches Industry-first Digital Gift Card Marketplace

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 New offering makes gifting simple with no activation or usage fees, and ease-of-use via digital wallets

Simplii Financial is helping clients take the stress out of gift-giving this year with a new digital gift card marketplace. Simplii clients can now send prepaid Visa gift cards of up to $250 to anyone in Canada via online and mobile banking.

The innovative new offering has been launched in response to increased online shopping and the rapid growth in digital gift card usage over the past few years. Simplii is the only Canadian banking brand to offer clients access to a digital gift card marketplace through the convenience of online and mobile banking.

As with all other Simplii banking services and products, the digital gift cards are a no-fee offering – this means no purchase fees, activation fees, or inactivity/maintenance fees for either sender or recipient – unlike most traditional gift cards purchased at brick-and-mortar locations. And the digital gift cards are easy to use at both online and retail or point-of-sale locations through a mobile wallet. 

Clients can choose Simplii Financial prepaid Visa gift cards, which can be used anywhere in Canada and around the world where Visa is accepted, or they can select merchant-specific gift cards.

Simplii’s merchant-specific gift cards span fashion, travel, media and other consumer goods, with new merchant partners to come, expanding the marketplace. Current merchants include:

  • adidas
  • DAZN
  • Indigo
  • JOEY Restaurants
  • LOCAL Public Eatery
  • Simons
  • Sunwing Vacations
  • TJX (WINNERS, HomeSense and Marshalls)

“We’re starting off 2022 strong – launching this new way of digital gift-giving demonstrates our commitment to building innovative and convenient services at Simplii,” said Vineet Malhotra, Head, Simplii Financial. “We’re making gifting for any occasion simple for our clients, with no guesswork, and no need to visit a retail store. And with a dedicated portal for gift card recipients to track their spending, transactions and balance, shopping with a digital gift card is easy too.”

“Canadian sport, fitness and fashion fans want to connect with us and the products they love in new ways, and Simplii’s new gift card marketplace enables them do just this,” said Racquel Alongi, Manager of Partnership Marketing, adidas Canada.

“Indigo is excited to be part of Simplii’s Financial innovative digital banking gift card marketplace that truly makes gift-giving easy for our customers. We look forward to welcoming customers in store and online at,” said Carla Keown, VP, Customer Experience, Indigo.

Key features of the Simplii digital gift card service include:

  • No activation, usage or maintenance fees for gift card senders or recipients;
  • Gift cards can be customized with a theme, and other forms of media, for a more personalized recipient experience;
  • Digital gift cards can be sent to anyone in Canada1, via email;
  • Gift cards can be added to digital wallets (Apple, Google, Samsung Pay) for convenience when shopping in physical retail locations;
  • Convenient online access for gift card recipients to view card details, transactions, and their balance.

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Best IoT Strategy Consultancy 2021

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Emboldened by experienced and effective data scientists within its ranks who consistently deliver models that drive the best business outcomes for a client, TeraCode has made itself one of the world’s cornerstone Internet of Things software providers. Working in app development, machine learning, and AI implementation, it promises to revolutionise the way its clients work in order to allow them to remain in touch with their market segment, their peers, and the exponential technological growth of the world at large.

Being an Internet of Things software development company, TeraCode handles end-to-end services, app services, IoT enabled medical devices, and more, securing it the ‘Product of the Year’ 2021 award. Fundamentally, it seeks to make IoT solutions easy for the clients, accelerating results, reducing costs, and allowing for the leveraging of IoT as a way to promote further growth; its work also covers the connection and access of devices from custom apps to strategy, connectivity, cloud, applications, AI, and machine learning. Regarding its medical devices in particular, it wishes to be one of the front-running companies pushing the usefulness of connected medical technology in a modern healthcare environment, changing surgery and treatment options, bolstered by the predictive analytics guarantee.

TeraCode, since its founding, has been working hard to continually promote the usefulness of IoT for a myriad of different sectors. With an ability to provide totally end-to-end solutions, IoT takes many technical disciplines to learn to implement, which can be a barrier to access. However, TeraCode makes itself the answer to bridging this gap for many clients, making it the reliable and dependable IoT expert that becomes an intrinsic partner to their business – in essence, a single solution to all IoT needs – and able to remain staunchly by a client’s side throughout their corporate lifecycle.

Ensuring that the modern corporate ecosystem has access to IoT will inevitably improve it in the long run, after all. Further innovations and connectivity are pivotal in an age that it increasingly relying on technology, further made true by the pandemic thanks to the remote work paradigm and the increased reliance on the internet for everything from shopping to socialisation. Now more than ever, technology is a critical part of connecting with the market. IoT helps make this possible, and when a client needs IoT implemented quickly to allow for better business logistics internally without having to break the bank or customise every minute detail, TeraCode steps in to provide AppThing, a turnkey IoT solution that will revolutionise the way they work.

Moreover, it provides sensors, gateways, ready-to-use applications in the cloud to allow for quick and sophisticated device connection, easy data collection, and the access of data in a real time manner so that the department heads and leaders of the companies TeraCode works with can get a detailed picture of their business. In short, TeraCode has been working hard to turn data into opportunity. It firmly believes that access to data is something that will make or break a business, and that when given the right data, a professional will always have the right tools to be able to make the decisions that will allow for further growth and an informed way of working that will enable them to hit milestones much faster. Therefore, it helps its clients to implement AI and machine learning frameworks, designing learning models that predict needed maintenance and prevent downtime, automatically re-order inventory, optimise logistics, track assets, reduce labour expenses, and enhance processes.


For business enquiries, contact Michael Sack at TeraCode via

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Enhancing the Sales Strategy of Your Business: 4 Key Considerations

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Whether you are looking to launch a product or expand into a new market, you will need to apply thoughtful and proven sales strategies. In order to achieve success, every sales professional must know how to plan and execute campaigns which ensure satisfying results. If you are unsure on how to improve the sales process and increase leads, these steps will provide you with all the necessary guidance.


Define Your Buyer Clearly

Before you proceed to creating a strategy, you will have to gain a full understanding of your customer base. Consider their age, occupation, interests and priorities. This information will provide you with the ability to create more accurate messaging. Furthermore, you should consider the type of problem your product or service can solve. For better insight, it might be useful to explore this guide to uncovering customers’ pain points. Once you have established your ideal customer and the problems they need help with, you will be able to offer a tailored solution through your product or service.


Invest In Your Professional Development

The majority of sales professionals need to develop and hone their sales management skills over time. Even if you are someone who possesses a natural ability to connect with customers and understand their desires, you would still need to invest in learning and enhancing your performance. There is a range of sales courses which can open up new opportunities and introduce you to new concepts. In order to achieve the goals and targets of your business and advance with your career, you will need to concentrate on self-improvement. Professional development courses for business can help you conduct successful strategies and improve conversion rates.


Maintain Relationships Effectively

If a customer has purchased from your company, you should strive to continue interacting with them. Focus on building strong relationships with customers and ensure they feel appreciated. Ensure you are proactive in your communication with them and listen to their feedback. It is important to understand the reasons why they have decided to purchase a particular product or service. You can then use this knowledge to target new prospects. Moreover, by implementing incentive programs and rewards, customers will be more likely to recommend your business. As a result, you will be able to increase sales without additional effort.


Develop Competitive Advantage

You should be able to explain the benefits customers will receive by choosing your brand instead of another one. It is important to consider competitors’ claims and outline how your product or service stands out. In addition, selecting the right price will have a considerable impact on perceived value. Ensure you choose a pricing strategy which is in accordance with the costs associated with producing the product. In order to determine the most appropriate business tactic, read this guidance on pricing. Remember that if you provide value to your customers, you will gain their loyalty.

Growing sales can be challenging as there are many aspects to consider. Sales professionals must refresh their knowledge regularly and enhance their skills to guarantee continued business success.

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Clear Goals and Engaging Hosts: How to Create Powerful Virtual Learning Experiences

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For centuries, conferences and teaching sessions have been carried out face to face. As technology progresses, new learning experiences have come into play. Attendees now sit inside a virtual room, where hosts give informative talks through a digital screen. In short, we are shifting more and more towards online learning classes.

Some may long for the days in which they could enjoy in-person educational activities, making eye contact with the speakers and sharing comments with their fellow listeners. But, as with most things in life, once people are used to newer methods, they may end up preferring them.  

In truth, virtual learning experiences present some excellent aspects that in-person sessions may struggle to offer. To reach their full potential, however, online sessions require a mixture of strategies and techniques. This is why people designing and developing learning events should be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and technology competencies to create engaging virtual sessions.

In this respect, the article will explore some of the best practices to help you tailor a virtual learning experience that your attendees will truly appreciate.


Reach out early and entice from the outset

First things first, it is important to get your attendees excited about their learning experience. One way to engage people before the event is to reach out to them early. Make sure to send reminders about the session and offer some initial guidelines on what to expect from the activity.

It is also wise to maintain open communication. Get attendees to fire across questions in advance and send out surveys. This will create a sense of both engagement and curiosity. When the time comes, your listeners will be buzzing to learn and take in as much as possible.

However, ensure that attending the event is easy. On the day of the session, resend your attendees the link. This will save them from scrolling endlessly through their inbox, keeping their excitement level on point.


Set clear goals

As the organizer, you want to make sure that you know exactly why you are setting up the event. What are you expecting to achieve? What should your attendees take away from the session? Before picking a suitable virtual platform or arranging a schedule, it is crucial to set some clear goals.

Once you have a sound overview of what targets you aim to meet, you are ready to create an enticing session to favor learning and boost team development.


Develop a solid agenda

Having a clear agenda is also very important. Prior to the event, it is helpful to outline what the experience is about. From specific session timings to relevant links, jot down some preliminary information and share it with your attendees. You may also want to include both the speaker and the expected timeframe.

This will allow your attendees to plan ahead, decide which sessions they would like to join, and have a rough idea of how long each activity lasts. With the details at hand, they won’t be waiting around too long for their anticipated dose of learning.


Choose an engaging host

There is no hiding that audiences can lose interest or get distracted in the blink of an eye. It happens in the physical world and even more so in the virtual one. From messages that pop out of the blue on social media to sudden household distractions, attendees can become disengaged.

It is vital to assign the learning experience to a captivating speaker. With enthusiasm, adaptability, energy, and good rhetoric, an enticing host is the perfect figure to build a true connection with your online audience.


Drive your audience through the experience

As mentioned, attendees can lose concentration pretty quickly. This is particularly true if they miss parts of the experience due to connection lapses. One way to keep everyone on track is to repeat and signpost the same concept throughout the session.

You can do this by explaining a point with different stories that use vivid imagery. It is a great way to freshen up information that you have repeated more than once, and it makes the concept easier to remember. Driving your listeners through the experience is better than simply stating ‘what they should do and know’. Stories and descriptions will go a long way to help your online audience pick up complex concepts.


Ask for feedback

As you reach the end of the session, you may start wondering whether people found it useful or not. Did they achieve what they wanted? Did they learn something new? Did they enjoy the experience? The best way to answer these questions is to ask your audience for feedback. They could provide it verbally once the class has finished or through an anonymous online form.

In the event of some criticism, do not take it to heart. Instead, learn from it, work on what didn’t go to plan, and get ready to develop other sessions with your new tips in mind!

There is no denying that virtual teaching sessions come with an array of challenges. However, with preparation and some essential skills under your belt, you can deliver online classes and workshops that will truly enlighten your audience. We hope these practices will give you a helpful hand in creating your own powerful and successful virtual learning experiences.

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Is It Crucial for Canadian Business People to Speak French?

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Unlike other countries in the western world that stick to English as their official language, Canada is diverse in the mother tongues of its residents. The official languages are English and French, but over 7 million people have a different first language.

Business people in the country can get by without any knowledge of French, unless they’re operating within Quebec. However, there are various reasons learning the language could be highly beneficial for anyone who wants to run a successful company in Canada.

Easy for Anyone to Get Highly Skilled at French

Although French is taught in most schools around the country, many Canadians leave school without a proficient level of the language. Luckily, nowadays it is possible to learn advanced French online. Aside from the basics, online learners can master the numerous adverbs that are key to becoming adept at French. Online learning is highly accessible, with plenty of learning methods available for learners of all levels.

For people short on time or unwilling to travel long distances to learn, there are plenty of tutors ready to teach you when it’s most convenient. With all these tools available, Canadians have no excuse but to ensure their French is at a suitable level.


If you Operate in Quebec you Need French

When answering the question whether knowledge of French is crucial in Canada, it depends on where you plan to do business. If your business is based in Quebec, it must have information in the official language of the province.

This is written in Article 5 of the Charter of the French Language, where it states that Quebec residents have a right to be served in French. This also covers online services that cater to people within the province.

It’s also crucial that you’re aware your business name needs to be in French if you are based in Quebec. It needs to be clear in the language what your product or service is.


French Can be Useful Everywhere in Canada

Even if your business is operating outside of Quebec, you should appreciate that 22.8 percent of the Canadian population speaks French. While many of these people are concentrated in the French-speaking province, they do travel around the rest of the country as well.

Also, deciding to not offer your product or service in Quebec will lead you to lose out on reaching over 8 million people. Therefore, it makes little sense to have an English language-only company in Canada.

If your business exists predominantly online, making information available in English and French could be helpful. Not only can you appeal to people in Quebec, but you can market your offerings to people in France and other French-speaking nations.

French is the fourth-most spoken language in the world, behind Spanish, Mandarin, and English. Being able to speak it could be useful in many ways, but it is particularly important for business people in Canada. In fact, many successful business people in Canada are fluent in at least English and French.

So, if you’re looking to open your business to the francophone market but your language skills aren’t up to scratch, it’s never too late to learn.

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Mexico and the Republic of Korea Commemorate 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations

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  • Presidents Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Moon Jae-in exchanged messages of congratulations on the anniversary
  • Diplomatic relations between our countries were officially established on January 26, 1962

According to Korean tradition, the number 60 is important because it represents the conclusion of a zodiac cycle.

Over these 60 years, Mexico and Korea have created a solid institutional framework that has allowed them to work successfully in many areas: student exchanges, cultural events, tourism, and technical-scientific cooperation, among others. The high-level political dialogue between heads of state and foreign ministers is stronger than ever.

For more than fifteen years, our countries have had a Strategic Partnership for Mutual Prosperity that has led to a diversified agenda and exchanges of all kinds. This foundation has been important for binational cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue as we combat common challenges in the future.

The areas of agreement between Mexico and the Republic of Korea extend to the multilateral and regional spheres. We share the goal of strengthening international cooperation in forums such as the United Nations, the G20 (which brings together the world’s leading economies), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and MIKTA.

Mexico and Korea are bridges between Latin America and Asia, including their air connectivity. Today, Korea is Mexico’s fourth-ranked trading partner, while Mexico is Korea’s most important trading partner in Latin America. Korean investment in our country ranks second among Asian investors. Additionally, in 2020, South Korea was our third-largest supplier and the fifth-ranked buyer of products from Mexico.

Both governments are committed to making this new Korean zodiac cycle that is beginning even more prosperous for our bilateral relationship.

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