Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara
FM Kamara On Attributes Of Diplomats
MONROVIA, January 23 (LINA) - Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara says scholars of international relations and diplomacy must develop the attribute of adaptability, versatility and the ability to respond promptly to inevitable and ever-changing situations.
She said to do this diplomats must utilize a mixture of practical experience and constant professional consultations.
She stressed that it is becoming increasingly complex to analyze global situations relying strictly on political theories and economic models looking at today’s world faced with more challenges than any of the preceding years.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, Minister Kamara made the statement at the graduation exercises of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI) where 29 emerging diplomats completed a nine-month intensive training in diplomacy and international relations.
They were awarded post-graduate diplomas last Friday, January 20. The Institute also used the occasion to observe its 65thanniversary.
Kamara stressed that the tool of diplomacy relies upon layers of professional approaches which will always require a cadre of trained service men and women in areas of security, protocol, international law, economic diplomacy, public diplomacy, human security, human rights, among others.
She told the audience, which included members of the diplomatic and consular corps accredited near Monrovia, that the gathering to witness another important graduation exercise of the FSI demonstrates government’s continuing effort to develop the capacity to respond to the daunting challenges of today.
She explained that the Institute’s training focus has been on diplomacy relevant to the developing world, where the primary objective of diplomatic practice is geared toward bridging the divide between the developing and developed worlds through such means as the transfer of technology, capital, technological know-how, as well as the promotion of trade and tourism.
Minister Kamara encouraged the graduates to have an open mind to the many possibilities that await them, adding, “To tap into those possibilities, you have to cultivate and demonstrate a positive attitude, wherever you find yourselves as professionals. It doesn’t necessarily have to be at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or at a foreign mission but at any professional duty station which providence brings your way.”
Kamara, however, noted that the Ministry faces a real deficit when it comes to fluency in languages required, noting that her administration is placing much emphasis and focus on expanding language training opportunities at the Institute which is currently working on setting up a language lab.
In remarks, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is the valedictorian, extended her deepest gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Foreign Minister Kamara, and the diplomatic and consular corps near Monrovia for making the nine-month training worthwhile.
She said the journey was a worthwhile one as it allowed them, on the one hand, to glean the wisdom and knowledge required for the awesome responsibility of representation of their beloved nation and, on the other hand, to understand that the patriotic service to God and country is the highest calling to which they should all strive to achieve.
She hoped that very soon a building will he constructed and dedicated to house the FSI.