I could not be more honoured to be Canada’s Ambassador to Tunisia at this critical point in its history as it works to consolidate its democratic transition and stands strong against an increasing regional terrorist threat. Canada congratulates Tunisia and the Tunisian people for their steadfast determination to stay a difficult course, and applauds the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian Quartet.
Canada and Tunisia share deep bilateral ties in a multitude of ways, and I will endeavour to strengthen these ties further. Canada is particularly proud of its many citizens of Tunisian origin, who have made outstanding contributions to our society and serve to cement the friendship between our two countries.
Canadians and Tunisians proudly share the values of openness, tolerance and respect for democratic principles. We use a common language and are both members of the Francophonie, which we value as a valuable forum for advancing democratic governance and economic cooperation in the francophone world.
Canada and Tunisia are partners in the global fight against terrorism. We recognize the challenges that Tunisia faces in conducting a front-line war against terrorists and violent extremists. To support Tunisia, Canada has committed programming assistance to reinforce border security and counter violent extremism.
Canada has identified Tunisia as a priority trade partner, which offers interesting business opportunities in the agri-food, the education and the information and communications technology sectors. Our two countries have begun negotiations to conclude an agreement on the promotion and protection of foreign investment. This agreement is expected to stimulate investment and job creation in our two countries. Economic growth in both Canada and Tunisia is dependent on the dynamism of small and medium-sized enterprises, and there is potential to further strengthen the ties between these businesses in our two countries. For Canada and Tunisia, education is also of the highest priority. We are pleased that many Tunisian students have chosen to study in Canada and several Canadian institutions now offer educational services in Tunisia.
I am proud to lead a committed team of professionals at the Embassy, who are dedicated to building our bilateral cooperation with Tunisia and who offer important consular, visa and commercial services to Canadians and Tunisians alike. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and on Twitter to learn more about what we are doing, to seek out our assistance, and to join us as we work to strengthen Canada-Tunisia relations.
If you are a Canadian citizen living in Tunisia, I strongly encourage you to register with the Embassy through our online registration of Canadians abroad. This will allow us to know about your presence in the country and to contact you in the event of an emergency. I also invite you to remain updated on our Travel Reports and Warnings.
Over the course of my mandate, I look forward with great pleasure to meeting a wide range of Tunisians and deepening my knowledge of this wonderful country, while advancing Canadian values and interests. I could not ask for a better, more challenging job than to represent my country as Ambassador to Tunisia.
Ambassador of Canada to Tunisia
Carol McQueen (BA History), Concordia University, 1995: PhD (International Relations) Oxford University, 2002, joined the Department of Foreign affairs, International Trade and Development in 2005.
She is currently Canada’s ambassador to Tunisia. Previously with the Department, she was Director of the Gulf States relations Division (2013-15), Political Counsellor in Tanzania (2010 -2013), Deputy Director in the Democracy and Governance Division (2008-2010), a Senior Policy Analyst on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (2007-2008), and a policy Analyst within the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (2005-2007) where she worked to advance the northern Ugandan peace process. Before joining the Department, she worked as a Political Affairs officer with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2002-2005.
She is a Rhodes Scholar and the author of Humanitarian Intervention and Safety Zones: Iraq, Bosnia and Rwanda (Palgrave / Macmillan, 2006).
She is married and has two daughters.
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