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Dean of the Consular Corps, Arnold Foote, is the new President of the World Federation of Consuls.
He was elected to the post yesterday (November 7), at the 8th World Congress of Consuls, which took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montego Bay from November 6 to 8.
The Federation is an international organisation of persons serving in the Consular Corps and Consular Associations.
As President, Mr. Foote will lead the organization for the next three years, until its 9th World Congress, which is slated to be held in Brazil in 2009.
Speaking with JIS News after his election, Mr. Foote expressed appreciation to the full Consular Corps of Jamaica, which, he said, took the journey with him in bringing the seat of an international organisation to Jamaica.
He said that in making such a move, the Jamaican Consular Corps did not only hope to make a contribution to the organisation, but also to the country.
Mr. Foote also expressed thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, for the excellent support it has been rendering to the Consular Corps over the years.
The new President said that during his term in office, he would be taking a serious look at the possibility of increasing the present levels of responsibilities within the Consular Corps, adding that with globalisation, the role of the Consul Corps was rapidly changing and the members will have to keep pace.
Mr. Foote explained that he would be holding discussions with his new Board to put forward his views.
“We are going to discuss all this in the next few days. We are having the first Board of Directors meeting of the World Federation on November 8,” he told JIS News.
He pointed out that approximately 250 delegates from 80 countries took part in the Montego Bay Congress.