ARNOLD FOOTE was re-elected unopposed as president of the World Federation of Consuls for his third consecutive term of office.
More than 400 consular delegates and their spouses representing 92 countries worldwide participated in the 10th World Congress of Consuls held in Monaco on November 12 and 13.
Each delegate attending the conference received a medal issued on the occasion of Prince Albert II's accession to the throne.
The prime minister of Monaco, Michel Roger, addressed the meeting in the morning session and declared the congress open. Prince Albert II of Monaco addressed the closing session of the first day of the congress.
After his address, a presentation was made to Prince Albert II by Foote. The presentation was a piece of art by the famous Jamaican artist, Susan Alexander.
"Today, more than ever before, situations affecting the financial or political stability of states in one corner of the world impact on the well-being and security of others geographically removed from the source of the problem or crisis," said Foote in his address to the congress.
He added: "This is particularly so where interests of the superpower and major powers are involved. Cases in point are the global attention paid to the recent presidential elections in the (United States of America) USA and the financial challenges within Eurozone states."
Foote said the impact of externally generated problems is greater for small, vulnerable states with open economies. "There is a well-known saying that when the USA sneezes, some of us in the Caribbean catch pneumonia, and the economic woes suffered by several Caribbean states would appear to validate that."
He noted that what is even more evident is the importance of diversifying financial and economic relations, building strategic partnerships across cultures and regions.
The first meeting of the newly elected board of directors of the World Federation of Consuls will be held in Jamaica in February 2013. The next World Congress of Consuls will be held in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2015.