Corps news Embassy 11 September 2008
Embassy welcomes new envoys
Over 130 newly-arrived diplomats from more than 60 diplomatic missions descended on the English Speaking Union for the first-ever Embassy Induction Seminar.
It was a chance for newcomers to the capital to meet the new Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Charles Gray, who gave a talk on the role of the Marshal.
The Dean, Kuwaiti Ambassador Khaled Al Duwaisan, gave a presentation on effective diplomacy in London, after which the former FCO Director of Protocol Charles de Chassiron gave diplomats a detailed and frank insight into diplomatic protocol and privileges.
Envoys were then introduced to the various diplomatic networking associations, before heading off to specialist workshops. In the Politics and Press workshop they were briefed by Brian Jones from the Foreign Policy and Defence Secretariat of the Cabinet Office; Kenneth Courtenay, General Secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; and Chris Wyld, head of the Foreign Press Association, who gave an overview of the British media.
With the world financial markets in turmoil, economic attachés were all ears in the Trade and Economics workshops, where they received briefings from Stephen Cartwright, UK Trade and Investment; Jeremy Fern, head of Economic Affairs in the City and Christopher Goodwin from International Financial Services London.
Those with a cultural or education portfolio heard talks from Sioned Hughes of Visiting Arts and Jackie Kearns from the Education, Science and Society arm of the British Council.
Consuls, meanwhile, were briefed by Inspector Phil Moore on the Diplomatic Protection Group’s procedures during consular crises and Matt Heath of the UK Border Agency gave an overview of the shake-up in the UK’s immigration rules.
After lunch, diplomats and their families concluded the day with a Personal Safety Seminar hosted by by Constable Brian Pitkin of the DPG. Throughout the day, diplomats also had a chance to meet trusted diplomatic suppliers and most agreed it had been the perfect start to their posting.
The seminar was sponsored by BMW Park Lane, IDS, Rowland Brothers International, VFS and Towergate Embassy Insurance.