Diplomatic week coming up
Plans are in high gear for the 17th annual staging of Diplomatic Week, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
The week will be observed from February 8 to 13 under the theme 'Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development'.
"We use the week to really brief (diplomats) on political, social, and economic developments in the country, and, since they are in Jamaica, we use the opportunity to expose them to the beauty of our landscape," said director of protocol in the ministry, Patricia Evering.
She said that 26 non-resident heads of mission would be participating in the week-long event.
This year's activities get under way with a service on Sunday, February 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the Hope United Church, Old Hope Road in Kingston, and will conclude on Friday, February 13, with a visit to the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.
NEWLY APPOINTED HEADS
On Monday, February 9, three newly appointed heads of mission from the Republic of Guinea, the State of Qatar, and the Slovak Republic, all resident in Havana, Cuba, will present copies of their credentials to Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson and Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen.
These three newly accredited diplomats will be joined by their other non-resident counterparts from Australia, Austria, Belize, Botswana, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Zambia.
Explaining the significance of the theme, Evering said the ministry's focus is to collaborate and partner with other countries.
"We all want to develop along with the rest of the world, so that's where our focus is - to partner with other countries, to share best practices, and to enhance cooperation," she added.