New Year Greetings from the President Hon. A. Eken

December 15, 2021 | Presidents Messages

New Year Greetings from the President Hon. A. Eken


Excellencies,
Dear Honourable Colleagues,
For almost 2 years, we are facing a terrible pandemic, which is quite an
unexpected disaster for most of us worldwide and, unfortunately, we lost
these 2 years in our too short life.
We got fatal consequences, like the lost of beloved ones and friends,
but also an economic crisis causing the lost of too many jobs.
The Pandemic, Economic crises, Lock downs, Climate changes affected the
way of life worldwide, even our evaluation of life.
As you know, the World Congress of Consuls, scheduled to be held in
Korea in November 2021, had to be postponed to 2022, because of the
travel restrictions not allowing a physical presence of most of the
representatives of the Consular Associations. We will keep you duly
informed of the practical details of the World Congress 2022 in due
course.
During 2021, we did our best to stay in touch by organizing virtual
events like the very successful one with H.E. Kolinda GRABAR-KITAROVIĆ,
Former President of Croatia.
During this period, most FICAC Committees continued to work, mainly
virtually, like the Women in Diplomacy Committee, the Committee for the
Security and Protection of Consular Privileges, the Climate Change
Committee, the Fundraising Committee,… and, of course, the FICAC Board
of Directors, which met regularly virtually and even in life in
Istanbul, on the 24th of November, 2021.
I also wish to inform you that I am still personally working, together
with our Secretary-General, Hon. Nikos Margaropoulos, with the Chairman
of the Fundraising Committee, Hon. Purrshottam Bhaggeria, and my Chief
of Cabinet, Mr. Patrick Debus, to establish a FICAC Foundation.
I am convinced that we will succeed in achieving this critical step for
strengthening our federation and its role to improve the honorary
consuls’ status.
May 2022 allow us to come back to a “normal” life, with face-to-face
events and friendships gatherings.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous new year on
behalf of all the Members of FICAC Board of Directors.
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Aykut Eken
President of FICAC