Local Authorities Learn Protocol, Diplomacy

| June 9, 2015

LogicaDSD held the first national seminar on protocol, diplomacy and etiquette for local authorities, in conjunction with the Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) in Gaborone recently.

Speaking in an interview, the managing director of LogicaDSD, Mr Titus Makosha, said the aim of the seminar was to promote awareness in protocol, etiquette and diplomacy among representatives of local authorities.

“The idea was to equip the leadership in local authorities, being councils, land boards, tribal authorities and district commissioners,” he said.

Mr Makosha said the subject of protocol was left to district commissioners alone despite the fact that local authorities often have to interact with visitors whenever the country hosts international events and official state visits. He said that it is important that local authorities understand the importance of protocol.

“This is critical as it could make or break relations,” he said. Mr Makosha said the seminar really served its purpose and expressed hope that the values it imparted will cascade to other members of staff, including drivers and executive secretaries, who are the first point of contact for visitors.

The facilitator of the seminar, Mr Martin Guni, said protocol is the official form of procedure used in the affairs of an institution and state, as well as in diplomatic relations. He said it is important to follow the right protocol as it brings dignity to individuals as well as organisations.

Mr Guni also explained the protocol to be observed for the national anthem and the national flag. “Anthem protocol varies from country to country.

When multiple anthems are to be performed such as when honouring a visiting dignitary or sporting team from another country, the host nation’s anthem is usually performed last,” he said. He said there are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling a national flag.

“The flag should always be hoisted at the start of the working day and lowered before or at sunset. It is not to remain flying at night unless suitably illuminated. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously,” he said.

Participants were awarded certificates of attendance at the end of the seminar.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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