SCHOOL VISITS PROGRAMME AND ESSAY COMPETITION

The Department of Foreign Policy and Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce is in the final week of visits to secondary schools and tertiary educational institutions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Ministry in its continual quest to enhance public diplomacy at home and abroad, has through partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ecclesiastical Affairs and National Reconciliation presented to fourth and fifth formers on the importance of an effective foreign policy and diplomatic relations, the role and functions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce as well as career opportunities that are available within the Ministry.

To date, the Ministry has reached an audience of 974 students and teachers across 20 educational institutions. In addition to the presentations made, students and young professionals have been invited to participate in the 2017/2018 Essay Competition that is facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce. The competition is divided into two groups: Group 1 (Ages 15 – 20 years) and Group 2 (Ages 21 – 30 years).

In Group 1, the topic is: “The opening of the Argyle International Airport will provide Saint Vincent and the Grenadines air access to new international markets.

In what ways can the new international airport facilitate increased foreign investment and aid in diversifying our trade portfolio?’ Participants in group 2 will discuss the topic “As of January 2017, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines began a 3 year term on the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), additionally, this country is bidding for a seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

How is it beneficial for a small country like this to serve on these international committees? For further details and guidelines, the Ministry invites prospective participants to visit: www.gov.vc or the Facebook page: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce remains committed to ensuring that the profile of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is enhanced locally, regionally and internationally.

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