|Hon. Aloun N’Dombet Assamba
The Consular Corps of Jamaica hosted a Press Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday, January 7, 2004, to announce that Jamaica has been chosen as the venue for the 8th World Congress of Consuls in 2006. Speaking at the Press Conference, the Minister of Industry and Tourism, Hon. Aloun N’Dombet Assamba, said that her Ministry “wishes to express its pleasure that Jamaica has been chosen to host the 8th World Congress of Consuls in 2006”. Continuing, she stated: “We can all be proud that our island has developed an excellent reputation for hosting international conferences and we feel honoured to have hosted the International Forum of the Americas 2002, an international meeting of Consular Associations.
“Now, as we look forward to host the most important gathering of Consuls from all over the world, we wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Arnold Foote, Dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica, for spearheading the efforts to bring this prestigious Congress to Jamaica.
“With participation to be in the region of 600 delegates from the 158 member countries of FICAC (the global network of Consular Associations), this Congress is certainly a major event on Jamaica’s tourism calendar for 2006.
“We look forward to work with the Consular Corps of Jamaica and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to ensure that this Congress will be a great success. We also have good reason to be hopeful that some of the potential investors who will be attending will become our tourism partners.
“…I, therefore, take this opportunity to thank the Consular Corps of Jamaica for being successful in offering our country as the venue for the 8th World Congress of Consuls. This high-profile meeting will give our country the exposure which can lead to further investments in tourism – whether it be in accommodation, attractions or other industry-related enterprises.
“…We will be working as One Team with One Love toward One Goal.”
(Excerpts from the Hon. Aloun N’Dombet Assamba’s address.)