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With both a father and grandfather who served their country as diplomats, it might seem that Carlos Pere is simply following in the family footsteps. In fact, however, he had spent his entire career in business before embarking upon his first diplomatic assignment as ambassador to Japan last October.

“I had previously worked on the Panamanian president’s election campaign, and he wanted someone with more of a commercial background than a diplomatic one for the job,” Pere explained.

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