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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Nov. 20/20). On the morning of Friday, November 20, 2020, the Diplomatic and Consular Association of Colombia (Asodiplo) celebrated the Day of the Colombian Diplomat with a virtual discussion on consular work in times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Day of the Colombian Diplomat commemorates the issuance of Law 72 of November 14, 1922 that 98 years ago, put in mind the need to have trained and specialized public officials in the exercise of Foreign Policy; at the same time that he proposed making merit the way to access positions in diplomatic and consular missions, as highlighted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Claudia Blum, in her emotional opening message of the event, in which in addition to congratulating and expressing His recognition of the Diplomatic and Consular Career officials underscored the commitment of the National Government to continue working to strengthen the Career.

Ambassador Héctor Arenas Neira, President of the Association, highlighted in his speech the hard work of Carrera’s diplomats, who, over the years, have managed to position the country’s foreign policy, paying tribute and special recognition to the 138 officials who have risen through the ranks since July 2019 to date.

The meeting was concentrated in a Conversation on the work of Carrera officials in “The complex function of consular assistance to Colombians abroad in response to the pandemic scenario and their gradual repatriation”, project of the Directorate of Migratory Affairs, Consular and Citizen Service, which received the Honorable Mention in the National Category of the Senior Management Award of the Public Function 2020.

This was moderated by Ambassador Rafael Arismendy, Coordinator of Assistance to Countrymen; and included as panelists Ambassador Dixon Moya, Consul General in Chicago; Minister Counselor Mónica Beltrán, Charge d’Affaires a.i. in Canada; Councilor Adriana Belalcázar, Consul in Paris; and the Second Secretaries Juan Sebastián Romero, in charge of Consular Functions in Honduras, Nelson Andrés Concha, Vice Consul in Sao Paulo and Andrés Leonardo Rincón, in charge of Consular Functions in Bangkok.

The virtual celebration of the Day of the Colombian Diplomat, which this year had about 150 participants, is a source of pride for both the country and for all Carrera officials, thus reaffirming their commitment to service as a union.

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