Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday launched ‘FM Direct’ — a mobile application for a direct digital connection between him and all officers of his ministry. For the first time in the history of the institution, each officer — irrespective of their grade or location — is directly connected with the minister. According toREAD MORE
Imagine you are the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and you wake up one morning learning that the head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qassem Soleimani, died in a U.S. drone attack, that #WorldWarThree is trending on social media, that the U.S. President Donald Trump just threatened on Twitter to destroy IranianREAD MORE
Over the past month, foreign ministries (MFAs) have been actively involved in national efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Thus far, foreign ministries have been charged with three tasks. First, offering consular assistance to citizens stranded abroad. Second, acquiring much-needed equipment from other nations including ventilating machines and protective gear for doctors. Third, fostering internationalREAD MORE
A state-backed chatbot is providing coronavirus information across Estonian government websites to help keep the public informed during the crisis. The coronavirus chatbot, dubbed Suve, answers questions about pandemic such as “what are the travel restrictions” or “can I test for coronavirus”. Suve then gives a short answer and provides links to government sources withREAD MORE
Skip to content Nick Low
British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata
Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK in India
8th May 2020 India
Manipur to London: One Brit’s epic 8,000-mile journey from India Whether at home or overseas, each of us will have our own memories of the COVID-19 pandemic – both personal and professional. In India, we’ll recall the fateful 24 hours in late March when FCO advised all British tourists and short-stay travellers abroad to return to the UK and the Government of India imposed what its External Affairs Minister has described as the ‘world’s toughest lockdown’.
No flights, no trains, no buses, closed inter-state borders, stressed connectivity as India Plc tried to work as normal using home broadband, and northwards of 20,000 British Nationals telling us they did indeed want to go home.
Here at the British Deputy High Commission Kolkata, we were spared the thousands in Goa, Gujarat and Punjab. Instead we had hundreds of British Nationals scattered across a consu..
04 May Nina Jankowicz & Peter Pomerantsev on the Future of Disinformation
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by Sophia Gaston
Sophia Gaston spoke with Nina Jankowicz and Peter Pomerantsev, two of the leading expert researchers into contemporary disinformation, to explore the role that it is playing in the Coronavirus pandemic. They discussed the differing ways in which disinformation was being harnessed, the challenges of studying a landscape fraught with as much misinformation as disinformation, the next phases of government regulation, and the likely prominence of disinformation in the 2020 US Presidential Election.
Nina Jankowicz works at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. Her book, ‘How to Lose the Information War’, will be published in July 2020. Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the a..READ MORE
29 Apr 2020 — DFAT
Helping Australian businesses get the most out of our Free Trade Agreements
This article was originally published in November 2018 and updated in April 2020.
By Michael Dean and Angela Rendall, Free Trade Agreement Outreach Section, DFAT
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Portal provides easy access to information that helps exporters, importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other businesses benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements.
Users of the FTA Portal can, for instance, search for the goods they want to export using keywords, find reduced free trade agreement tariff rates, and learn how to obtain the documents necessary to get tariff reductions.
The FTA Portal also includes guidance and information on selling services to overseas customers, travelling overseas to supply services, and establishing an overseas presence.
Where more than one free trade agreement is available to an exporter or importer, the FTA Portal helps identify which..READ MORE
Skip to content Leigh Turner
Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
Part of UK in Austria
27th April 2020 Vienna, Austria
Why now is the time to take global action against COVID-19 Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been shaping the reality of life and work in Austria, the UK and around the world.
As we are all trying to do our bit to fight the spread of the virus (stay at home!) and adapt where possible to a new normal, I think it’s worth reminding ourselves that in order to find a long term solution to the threat posed by the virus we have to work together as a global community.
We face an urgent need to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute therapeutics, diagnostics and a vaccine. No country can do this on its own. Without cooperation on this, our eventual recovery will take longer, be more uncertain and bring greater risk of repeated outbreaks.
As an international, open and densely populated coun..