Mayor of Recife, João Paulo (left) met with FICAC senior officers and other officikals during their visit to Brazil for the First FICAC Latin American Regional Conference held in Recife. Those attending the meeting included (right) FICAC President, Hon. Arnold Foote; (2nd left) Dean of the Consular Corp of Brazil, Hon. Lamartine Hollanda Jnr.; (3rd left) Hon. Virachai Techavijit of Honorary Consular Corps of Thailand among others.
The mayor of Recife, Joao Paulo, received, this Thursday 10 January 2008, the President of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC) and Consul General of Turkey in Jamaica, Arnold Foote. The meeting took place in the Mayor’s Meeting Room, in the presence of municipal secretaries of Education, Maria Luíza Aléssio; Participatory Planning, João da Costa, and Science, Technology and Economic Development, Djalma Paes. The President of FICAC was received along with his Delegation, including the Consul General of Albania in Recife and Chairman of FICAC Latin America Regional Committee, Lamartine Hollanda Junior, the President of the CARICOM Consular Association, Maxime Baretge, the Chairman of the FICAC East Asia Regional Committee and the Consul of Estonia in Thailand, Hon. Virachai Techavijit; and the wife of the President of the World Federation of Consuls, Patricia Foote.
With its Headquarters in Belgium, FICAC is an international entity with 25 years of existence, which brings together the Consuls from around the world. In his first visit to Recife, the President of FICAC, Arnold Foote, is in town to participate in the 1st FICAC Latin America Regional Conference, which will be held this Friday the 11th to Sunday 13th January, 2008, in Recife Palace Hotel in Boa Viagem. According to the President, the aim is to unite all regions of the world, promoting the integration of Latin America in the world consular movement, with special focus on Brazil. “This country is one of the most important countries in the world and we want to include it in our programs. I love Recife and it was with great admiration and interest that I learnt about the social programs developed in this city, particularly in the area of Brasilia Teimosa,” revealed Arnold Foote.
The President informed that Jamaica also carries out urban development plans similar to what is being done in Recife. “It is in our interest that we can exchange experiences on these development programmes between the two countries, so we can get closer to one another,” he said. The Mayor of Recife appreciated the visit, stressing “the importance of strengthening ties with other countries, specifically aiming at the integration of the people.” Joao Paulo also highlighted to the Delegation the main courses of action taken for the improvement of the city, with special attention to the deprived areas of Recife.
Before leaving, the President of FICAC handed the mayor a book about Jamaica. “This is my first visit to Recife, but, of course, will not be the last,” said Arnold Foote, revealing the intention of the city of Kingston in becoming a sister city of Recife. In return, the Mayor Joao Paulo presented the visitors with books about the project-Cultural Touristic Complex Recife / Olinda, as well as kits of 100 Years of Frevo (a type of dance from North East Brazil).