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  19 May 2016 Issue 171 - Network-Connect-Enterprise





Economic Diplomacy - The Diplomatic Society

Seeking out trade or investment opportunities, promoting tourism, or coordinating people to people exchanges are daily duties performed by diplomats. Complementing this critical function The Diplomatic Society pro-actively connects Governments, Business and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with an inter-dependent information resource as well as a communication forum that incorporates the print and digital platforms.
Founded and based in Pretoria, The Diplomatic Society is located in the capital city that arguably hosts one of the highest concentrations of diplomatic representations in the world today. This proximity to over 140 foreign missions and international organization in the administrative capital has allowed our media platform to develop advisory and consultancy services unique to diplomacy.
Enhancing and increasing bi-lateral trade through Economic and Commercial diplomacy is a fundamental task of trade and commercial attaches. They draw up and negotiate agreements, sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and establish frameworks.
Connecting business, interacting with and setting up of business chambers, organising and leading trade delegations,  arranging one on one meetings , seminars and conferences are key capabilities that foreign missions need to perform.
Promoting travel and tourism has also become a focal point.  By tapping into the natural beauty, art, culture, sport, food, conferencing and other tourism offerings diplomats are keen to promote their countries. It is often believed that this face to face experience often leads to new opportunities and business activity.
In light of the above diplomats often require specialized products and services to carry out their mandates. These can range from venues, accommodation, transport, stationary, expert and professional consultancies, security and others, this apart from their daily basics necessities of food shelter and clothing.
The paradigm shift in global socio-political and economic landscape has created new ground for innovative and dynamic cooperation, fresh and vibrant partnerships are being formed in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Technological and communication advancements have taken diplomacy to new digital heights.


Welcome to South Africa

On 13 May 2016 President Jacob Zuma received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at a credentials ceremony at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

Heads of Mission-designate from sixteen countries presented their credentials to President Zuma. They are
Pictured standing (l-r) Slovak Republic - Ambassador Monika Tomasovicova, Republic of Iraq - Ambassador Dr Saad A W Jawad Kindeel, Republic of Italy - Ambassador Pietro Giovanni Donnici, Republic of Namibia - High Commissioner Veiccoh Kahwadi Nghiwete, Gabonese Republic - Ambassador Andre William Anguile, Republic of Haiti - Ambassador Jacques Junior Baril, Kingdom of Thailand - Ambassador Dr Pornchai Danvivathana, Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See - Ambassador Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells.
Pictured seated (l-r) The Commonwealth of The Bahamas - High Commissioner Eldred Edison Bethel, Republic of Sierra Leone - High Commissioner Osman Keh Kamara, Republic of Montenegro - Ambassador Milorad Sepanovic, Tajikistan - Ambassador Khusrav Noziri, President Jacob Zuma, Independent State of Papua New Guinea - High Commissioner Winnie Anna Kiap, Negara Brunei Darussalam - High Commissioner Saifulbahri Mansor, Republic of Chad - Ambassador Ahmat Awad Sakine and Republic of Iceland - Ambassador Thorir Ibsen Photo: DIRCO

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Screening of Polish film “City 44"

 The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, in cooperation with the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Organising Committee in RSA, presented the outstanding Polish film “City 44" - directed by Jan Komasa - at the Museum of Military History in Johannesburg on 10 May 2016.
The event was conducted by Andrzej Romanowicz, president of the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Organising Committee in RSA. In his speech, he drew the attention of the gathered guests to the tragic history of the Warsaw Uprising - the drama of the city and its inhabitants, the theme of the story. He also mentioned the director of the film - Jan Komasa – as one of the brightest and most outstanding young artists in Poland.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, Anna Raduchowska – Brochwicz also delivered a speech. She stressed that the Warsaw Uprising was the most heroic and tragic event, not only during the Second World War, but also in the entire Polish history. Patriotic surge of the Poles, aimed at liberating Warsaw from Nazi German occupation, while the Soviet army was standing on the right bank of the Vistula river passively watching the citizens of Warsaw bleeding to death, was considered unnecessary by many.


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