By Pasco Temple

Sierra Leone’s State Chief of Protocol and Ambassador at Large Alhaji Sullay B. Daramy has arrived in the United States of America, today Tuesday July 3, 2012 to attend the inaugural Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference at the Department of State.Convened by Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol of the United States, the two days conference which is scheduled for Thursday July 5, 2012 and Friday July 6th, 2012, will for the first time, assemble nearly 100 representatives from nations and organizations from five continents.

AMBASSADOR BOCKARIE STEVENS-LEFT- AND SCOP DARAMY

According to a statement issued by the department of State, the Global Chiefs of Protocol will gather to exchange knowledge and ideas, evaluate and enhance their craft, and strengthen the role of protocolin diplomacy.

“Since the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, protocol has played an integral role in modern times in building and maintaining strong bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relationships. “This gathering is a unique opportunity to strengthen international practices and make progress toward the goal of greater cultural understanding.” Said a statement issued by the State department.

“The opening session will include a taped video address from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as remarks from Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides and Ambassador Marshall.

“Individual plenary sessions will focus on hosting international conferences and summits, engaging the diplomatic corps, media and messaging, and ceremonies and traditions.

Confirmed plenary speakers include: David Adler, Founder and CEO, BizBash Media; José Andrés, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup; Geoffrey Cowan, President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands; Jill Dougherty, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN; Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Department of State; Carla Hargrove McGill, COO and President, Hargrove; Katty Kay, Anchor, BBC World News America; Jay Newton-Small, Washington Correspondent, TIME; Bryan Rafanelli, CEO, Rafanelli Events; Roxanne Roberts, Reliable Source Columnist, The Washington Post; Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation, Department of State; and Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour.

The event will be held in the Loy Henderson Conference Room at the Department of State.

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