Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Eric Tomer named Dominica ambassador to Monaco

On 27th February 2009 at 11 a.m. a joint communiqué was signed between His Excellency Mr Jean Pastorelli and His Excellency Eric Torner, Ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Principality of Monaco and the Commonwealth of Dominica, establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.

The signing ceremony took place in the Chancellery of the Embassy of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince in Paris, France.

During the speeches that followed the ceremony, the Ambassador of Monaco pointed out that the two States, although far apart from a geographical point of view, shared several points in common, in particular environmental protection.

The Ambassador of Dominica stressed the importance his authorities attached to initiatives undertaken by the Principality of Monaco for sustainable development and the protection of the biodiversity of the ocean and seas.

The formalisation of diplomatic relations between the Principality of Monaco and the Commonwealth of Dominica will also reinforce cooperation in the economic and cultural fields. Furthermore, the training of young Dominicans in the Principality's Hotel School was also discussed.

After the ceremony, a reception was held for the two Ambassadors and their colleagues. On the Monegasque side, Ms Corinne Magail, Permanent deputy representative for the Principality of Monaco to UNESCO, Mr Rémi Mortier, Advisor and Mr Frédéric Labarrere, First Secretary were present.

The Dominican Delegation was made up of Mr Didier Vidal, Minister-Adviser and Permanent deputy representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to UNESCO

The Commonwealth of Dominica is the 71st State to establish diplomatic relations with the Principality of Monaco.
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What really is gong on? Monaco?? God help us; a gambling haven.....
First of all, it is not possible for someone who to be accredited to a country unless there is already diplomatic representation. Therrefore it is not possible for Eric Torner, Dominica's ambassador to UNESCO to be appointed as ambassador to Monaco before the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Principality of Monaco and the Commonwealth of Dominica. It is only after the establishment of diplomatic relations can someone be appointed by the following procedure: 1. the request from Agrement from the receiving State, in this case, Monaco; 2. the head of State of the sending State, in this case it would have to be Dominica must present credentials to the ambassador designate; 3. the ambassador designate must finally present his credentials to the Head of State of the receiving State. All that was done by Torner was the signing of the Communique etstablishing diplomatic realtions between the 2 countries. Just for the record.
In 2003 the Government of Dominica appointed Mr Peter Capela, a German National as its Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in Paris, France. Mr Capela was being assisted by Mr Eric Torner as Minister Counsel.

From the date of his appointment up to this present time the office of Mr Eric Torner, in Paris, France. In 2005, Mr Eric Torner replaced Mr Peter Capela as Dominica’s Permanent Representative at the UNESCO. Over the years Mr Torner has used his own resources to ensure Dominica’s representation at the UNESCO.

His achievements to date
i. Funded the Dominica delegation of 3 to the UNESCO General Assembly in 2005
ii. In 2006 Ambassador Torner facilitated the visit of a group of business persons to explore opportunities for investment in Dominica.
iii. He also funded the delegation to the UNESCO General Assembly in 2007
iv. In 2007 he secured 5 scholarships for Dominica Teachers of the French language to pursue teachers training at Bessoson, France with the support of the La Francophonie.
v. In 2007 he represented the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica in Warsaw Poland to negotiate a cooperation agreement with the Government of Poland.
vi. In 2008 he represented the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica at the General Assembly of the BIE (Bureau International de Exposition), in Paris, France at his own cost.
vii. On February 27, 2009, he signed a Communique to establish diplomatic relations between Dominica and the Principality of Monaco.
viii. Negotiated a cooperation agreement with Agence France de Development for technical assistance for the development of the Woodbridge Bay Sea Port.
ix. Over the years he has been able to assist a number of Dominicans in Paris.
Mak, this is wonderful and one truly hopes that mr. Torner does all this for love of country. However, we must not overlook the fact that under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations considerable financial benefits can accrue to diplomats on the basis of reciprocal tax exemptions and this is certainly so in the case of France.

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