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David Parker • • Calgary Herald

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January 10, 2021 • • January 10, 2021 • • 3 minutes read Diana Carolina Moya, Colombia’s new Consul General for the Prairie Provinces. Photo from supplied photo /.Postmedia

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After Diana Carolina Moya completed her mandatory quarantine since arriving in Calgary from Bogota, she started her tenure as the new Consul General of Colombia here.

As a professional diplomat, Moya has 13 years of experience in the Colombian Foreign Service, most recently as head of the department for regional mechanisms at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bogota.

Her duties there included promoting Colombia’s active participation in regional mechanisms such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which includes all countries from Mexico to Argentina, and the Forum for the Progress and Development of South America (PROSUR) . a new force to promote economic integration and political coordination among South American countries.

She also worked with the Lima Group and the Ibero-American Conference when she had her first opportunity to work with Canada on trade agreements in the Department for the US, Canada and the Summit of the Americas.

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Serving your country often means traveling and sometimes living on fixed terms in a foreign country, and Moya seizes the opportunity.

Her first post was as first secretary at the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations, where she claims to enjoy living in New York, and was part of the Colombian team during her tenure as Chair of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSCOC) ).

She speaks English very well but says her second language is French – a great help to the United Nations – the result of attending a French school during her childhood in Bogota.

The stay in New York turned out to be an exciting experience. Live between Queen’s and Manhattan on Roosevelt Island and take the tram to work every day.

Moya was also pleased to have the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the preparatory process and negotiation of the final document of the third international conference on financing for development in the capital Addis Ababa.

She also lived in Spain while completing her Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, after completing her Bachelor in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Moya is the third consul general to represent her country on the terms of Jorge Guzman and Andrés Talero.

Her government offered her the choice of a new assignment in Vienna or Calgary, and we are honored that she has chosen the assignment here, which the Colombian government is responsible for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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The community of Colombian citizens living in Calgary is approximately 8,000, while more than 11,000 people live in the jurisdiction of their Prairie Provinces.

COVID-19 restrictions mean Moya’s hands were a bit tied while trying to develop a relationship with Colombians, but she managed to arrange a Zoom Christmas event where they sang Christmas carols, prayed and ate traditional napili desserts.

Our new Calgarian and her husband were very keen to strengthen relationships with the Calgary business and to continue the consulate’s relationships with volunteers and associations to help build cultural ties. You were already on your way to discover the city.

They also took a trip to Red Deer to skate outdoors on Bower Ponds. She says it was great fun but due to the shutdown it took a while to find a place to get a warming cup of hot coffee.

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David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at info@davidparker.ca.

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