The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Foreign Service Institute Officers to Be Installed Tomorrow

The 2012/2013 Student Leadership-Elect of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expected to be installed this Friday, February 8, 2013 at the C. Cecil Dennis auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new corps of officers, who were elected Monday December 17, 2012 at the Foreign Ministry, will steer the affairs of Students for this academic period that ends July 2013.

They include Baba Sillah, President, Henry Flomo, Vice President, Boakai Dulley Secretary General, and Trokon Jackson Treasurer. Student Janice Bropleh was appointed by the Director General of the Foreign Service Institute as Assistant Secretary General to reflect gender sensitivity in the Student Leadership. The President of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and former Foreign Minister Monie Captan will deliver the Keynote address this Friday while Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias will induct the FSI new leadership.

Mr. Baba Sillah following the electoral process thanked his colleagues for his preferment and promised to seek their welfare at the Institute. Mr. Sillah assured that his leadership will be inclusive noting that the views and thoughts of students at the FSI will always be considered in any decision making process. He promised to undertake the establishment of a website for the Institute and changing of the arm chairs presently being used. Mr. Sillah has constituted four standing committees to contribute to the running of the FSI Student Leadership. The Committees are: Ways and Means and Finance, Project, Event Management and Public Relations. Students Jackson Fayah, Anthony Kpalleh, Mary Klah and Raymond Zarbay are heads of the Ways Means and Finance, Project, Event Management and Public Relations Committees respectively.

The Director General of the Foreign Service Institute Dr. Augustine Konneh has praised the students for the mature and orderly election process. Dr. Konneh said the attitude shown by the FSI students during the election of their leadership is a sign of their determination to participate in future national electoral process. The FSI Director General however said he will hold the new leadership accountable for the promises made adding that they may not graduate if they do not implement their projects.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Service Institute Student Leadership-Elect has planned to undertake three key projects during this academic term. They include the building and launching of an FSI website, production of an exclusive diplomatic magazine to be called The Foreign Service Journal; as well as the construction of a modern Aluminum Bulletin Board. A donor conference is expected to take place following the induction of the FSI Student Leadership-Elect.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was established in the 1950s, to offer a broad based program of professional training for the Foreign Service of Liberia.

Liberia has several diplomatic missions and consulates around the world that recruit their staff from the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute.

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