Annual Protocol Conference for Africa, South Africa (November 2011)
Hosting protocol professionals from more than 10 different countries, I attended and was a guest speaker at the the 2nd Annual Protocol Conference for Africa which was held in Pretoria, South Africa. The objective of the conference is to establish a support base for those in the capacity of Protocol Officers and an opportunity to share best practices. A high level educational event, the conference serves as a networking forum of protocol professionals to promote the discipline in Africa. It was a pleasure to be invited to speak about how to prepare and receive dignitaries on official visits. There was an emphasis on how to do business with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and how this impacts the role of protocol on an international stage. Click here for Fiona’s photographic journal or click here for press release about the event. For an article by Lanie Denslow, Principle at World Wise Intercultural Training & Resources click here.