BRUSSELS, Belgium -– The role of female diplomats in today’s world was the topic of a video presentation the Federation’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, Her Excellency Mrs. Verna Mills submitted to the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC). The video was shown during the 12th Congress of Consuls held Oct. 4 to 7 in Brussels, Belgium.
FICAC is an internationally recognized non-governmental organization with backing from the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the European Union. It was founded in 1982 in Copenhagen.
The objective of the organization is to provide a forum for consuls to share experiences and co-ordinate efforts, which will help to enhance their status and effectiveness. It also seeks to bring together under one banner, the Consular Associations and Corps from all around the globe.
Attends Havana Event
Ambassador Mills was the guest of honour at a brief ceremony held in Havana at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Federation’s Independence.
The event was hosted by ICAP’s Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean, José Prieto Cintado. Invited guests included members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of Cuban Institutions and Organisations, members of the Caribbean Chair of the University of Havana, the Caribbean Association of Cuba and officials and employees of ICAP.
Ambassador Mills, in her response, also lauded the strong bonds of friendship that exist between both countries and stated that St. Kitts and Nevis will always value its friendship with Cuba. She further commented that St. Kitts and Nevis commits to enhancing the ties with Cuba, not only at the government level but also at the people’s level.
Ambassador Mills admonished the gathering that “Being an independent nation comes with a cost – a cost of commitment from each individual to develop the country; a cost of time to educate our children to love abundantly, to have values, to be responsible, and patriotic; a cost of having a high level of discipline and service to continue building the land we call home.”