Seven envoys present credentials via video-conferencing: a new chapter in India’s digital diplomacy

  • 22nd May 2020
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Seven envoys present credentials via video-conferencing: a new chapter in India’s digital diplomacy

The credential ceremony was conducted via a video-conferencing from the South Block as the envoys stood in front of a large screen one after another. This exercise was conducted as usual credential ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan could not be arranged due to spread of Covid.

New Delhi: In what was first such exercise in India and what marked a great leap in digital diplomacy seven envoys based in Delhi presented credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind via video-conferencing.

Those who presented credentials were Ambassadors of North Korea, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and High Commissioners of Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius Australia and Rwanda.

The Ambassadors/High Commissioners who presented their credentials were: Choe Hui Chol, Ambassador of North Korea; Abdoul Wahab Haidara, Ambassador of Senegal; Roger Gopaul, High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago; Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius; Barry Robert O’Farrell, High Commissioner of Australia; M. N’DRY Eric Camille, Ambassador of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and Jacqueline Mukangira, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda.
The credential ceremony was conducted via a video-conferencing from the South Block as the envoys stood in front of a large screen one after another. This exercise was conducted as usual credential ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan could not be arranged due to spread of Covid.

President Kovind welcomed them via Video-Conferencing. MEA Secretary (West), Vikas Swaroop, was present along with the envoys during the ceremony.

This was the first time in the history of Rashtrapati Bhavan that credentials were presented through the digital medium. The President remarked that digital technology has enabled the world to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 and carry out its functions in an innovative manner.

In this regard, he called the digitally-enabled credentials ceremony a special day in India’s engagement with the diplomatic community in New Delhi. He further noted that India remains committed to harnessing the limitless possibilities of the digital pathway for the advancement of its people and the world at large.
Addressing the envoys, President Kovind said that the Covid-19 pandemic posed an unprecedented challenge to the global community, and the crisis called for greater global co-operation. He pointed out that India has been in the forefront of extending support to fellow nations in fighting the pandemic.

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