Not very often, members of the public gets an opportunity to observe up close and personal the day to day operation of ambassadorial figures and therefore when Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China to Grenada Her Excellency Madame Ou Boqian opened her doors to members of the media last Friday it signaled the dawn of a new day and further dispelled the clouds of speculation that engulf ambassadorial figures. It takes Ambassador/public relations to a different level.
Addressing dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relationship between the People’s Republic of China and Grenada at the Radisson Beach Resort in Grand Anse, Minister of Foreign Affairs Clarice Modeste Curwen described Ambassador Ou Boqian as a true representation of what an ambassador should be.
Whether it was coincidental or otherwise, similar words were echoed by Education Minister Anthony Boatswain during a ceremony to mark the opening of the Confucius Classroom at the TA Marryshow Community College last Friday. Now, having transcended what is widely regarded as the normal modus operandi of an ambassadorial figure, the ball is therefore in the hands of the public to judge for themselves.
Last Friday’s four hour tour extended to members of the media took practitioners first to the ambassador’s residence in True Blue to view the ambassador in action, and the first hour was spent ensuring that the body and mind was in a perfect shape to undertake the day’s activity. To achieve this, the ambassador reverted to Taiji and calligraphic writing, two forms of exercise the ambassador said that requires heavy concentration and coordination of minds, arms and legs, and put the body in perfect shape.
Following her exercise, Ambassador Ou moves into action; in the case of last Friday she met with Minister of Housing Hon. Delma Thomas to bring her up to date with phase two of the Chinese Housing Project which is due to commence in a matter of months.
The group proceeded to the Chinese Embassy in Grand Anse, where the ambassador holds her morning briefing with her staff, to be brought up to speed with the day’s activities, and ensure that everyone was on the same page and by the same token to be updated on the previous day.
The Ambassador said this is necessary so that everyone knows what they are about and there is a smooth flow in the day’s operation.
Friday’s ambassadorial tour ended with the opening of the first Confucius Classroom at the T.A Marryshow Community College, a classroom that would facilitate the teaching of the Chinese language, Martial Arts, Chinese cuisine among other skills; and a visit to the National Stadium to be updated on the progress of work taking place on the athletic stadium, including a tour of the facility.
During that final visit, members of the media were assured by contractors of the Chinese State Construction Company Limited that the construction phase of the project is on stream and work is due to be completed in August 2015.
Following Friday’s event the ambassador told members of the media Friday’s tour had no major planning going into it, as this is basically routine exercise on a daily basis.