Embassy Consular Conference
With globally mobile citizens and rising insecurity, never has the job of a consul been more challenging. Consuls from nearly 100 missions gathered at the Royal Over-Seas League for the annual Embassy Consular Conference where they heard talks from key policy makers in government on topics as diverse as migration and asylum, secure travel documents, legalisation and cross border child protection and family justice (see Consular Special Report).
An exhibition area enabled consuls to meet experts in a variety of fields – from legal services and visa outsourcing, to repatriation and legalisation, all of whom can help them offer better customer service to their citizens.
The conference also offered a valuable opportunity for consuls to network with each other and share best practice. The day ended with a networking reception and the presentation of foreign language books to the Governor of Maidstone Prison who hopes to restock the prison library as part of the Consular Corps Books For Prisoners Appeal.
“An extremely valuable networking and information gathering afternoon”.
New Zealand High Commission
An event which attracted the great majority of the Consular Corps in London to a forum which enabled them to network and to receive concise briefings on a number matters of topical concern
Burkina Faso Honorary Consulate
Well organized, beautiful venue and good speakers
Diverse and future-focused workshops covering all areas of consular work
Embassy of Japan
The consular event was an opportunity for networking with the official and commercial sector with a focus in the consular issues
Eembassy of the Republic of Yemen
Hope such meetings will be regular. Good opportunity to meet and discuss actual consular matters with the colleagues from another diplomatic and consular missions
Embassy of Ukraine
The event combined both networking and in depth information on consular topics in a very balanced fashion
Consulate General of Argentina
Very necessary for consular work
Informative and eye opening
Belize High Commission
The time I spent attending the conference was time well-invested. The workshop topics addressed exactly the concerns consular officers have as they go about their daily tasks
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Attending the workshop was a privileged experience and a learning process for all consular staff
Sierra Leone High Commission
The workshops were very informative and useful
Embassy of Belgium