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Tunisian Ambassador HE Nabil Ammar Nominated Post-Uprising
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – His Excellency Nabil Ammar of Tunisia has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Ammar is nominated for his outreach work after the revolution.
The Ambassador came into office in London at a time when Tunisia was at its most fragile. After the uprising in 2011, Mr Ammar was left to manage a difficult transition period and to establish new relations of confidence with Tunisians living in the UK. While liberty, freedom of expression, and the installation of a new democracy have been founded by the Tunisian people, the current economy remains unstable due to internal and external forces including economic difficulties among the most important partners of Tunisia.
Despite the challenges marred by the uprising, Tunisia’s revolution has brought about positive change that could see the country grow into a strong economy and bilateral partner in the coming years. Tunisia has successfully elected its new parliament into a modern and transparent system modelled by the people with multi-party representation that was originally absent in the country’s political make-up. While tourism makes up for only 7% of Tunisia’s total GDP, the number of British visitors to Tunisia continued to grow showing a strong sign of confidence. The country is enriched by its own people and history with strong educational competencies producing young talent who have an affinity for languages. In addition, the government is looking to expand stakeholder relations in the energy, ITC, high technologies and agriculture sectors, providing businesses with diverse opportunities for growth and development that benefit to all sides of the Mediterranean.
Prior to Mr Ammar’s admission, the activities of the embassy have been discreet when it comes to political dialogue and exchange of high official visits, however the Ambassador is now fully engaged on opening the embassy doors for business and for culture. He had created a new website for the embassy, opened up social media accounts to engage with stakeholders of various levels, and is in the process of starting up a newsletter to invite prospective partners to discuss initiatives with him. He also has ambitions to kick-start the British Tunisia Society, a 50-year old friendship society that built bridges between UK and Tunisia.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Mr Ammar notes “Our message to our friends is to increase confident in Tunisia that has all the capacity to be a complete success story.”
Tunisia cannot be in control of all issues in such a short space of time but the Ambassador’s current approach to open the doors of the embassy are commendable in bridging links at all levels relying on Tunisia’s educated people and diversified economy, and building on the positive effect of the new political climate after the revolution to stimulate growth in all sectors.
Join HE Nabil Ammar and other diplomats and government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
About Grassroot Diplomat
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