Honorary consuls in Cebu to play role for closer foreign ties

February 24, 2011 11:58 am 

CEBU CITY, Feb. 24 – Honorary consuls based in Cebu can play a bigger role in stimulating a closer relationship between Cebu and the world, said Russian Federation Honorary Consul Armi Lopez Garcia.

Garcia gave the statement after she was elected chairperson of the Cebu chapter of the Consular Corps of the Philippines for 2011.

Moya Jackson, honorary consul of the United Kingdom, made the announcement after a chapter election meeting on Feb. 22, 2011 at the Casino Espanol in Cebu City.

“Honorary consuls based in Cebu have been doing great in promoting people-to-people and government-to-government relationships between Cebu and the Philippines on one hand and the countries they represent on the other,” Garcia said in a statement.

“Just imagine what we can do as a group because Cebu is more than just an island in the Pacific where tourists go for recreation. It is a dynamic educational, tourism, commercial, industrial, and ICT center interacting with other global centers,” Garcia added.

Garcia has been instrumental in the conduct of the annual Philippine-Russian Business Forum here in Cebu that stimulated tourism and business between the two countries.

“During my term as leader of the local consular corps, I hope to pool the consular corps efforts and resources for the good of Cebu and the Philippines," Garcia said.

Also elected with Garcia were Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Franz Seiden-schwarz, vice chairperson; Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Spain Jaime R. Picornell, treasurer; Jackson, secretary; and Honorary Consul of Canada, Robert O. Lee, director. (PNA)



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