Alan Goulty

Ambassador to Tunisia

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Friday 03 October, 2008

Regional working

Now that Ramadan is over we take stock of the first month of our new visa operation.  I am glad to say that customers are reacting well and becoming used to the much longer delivery times for their visas.  But I repeat our apologies to the handful of last-minute applicants who have been disappointed.  We are working to straighten out some kinks in the courier arrangements and hope to reduce the processing time this month.

Visa services is only one area in which British embassies are working much more closely together.  In our case colleagues in Rabat, Algiers, Paris and Cairo are among those whose responsibilities cover Tunisia.  And we host a regional training centre in Tunis, which offers courses not only to our own staff, but also to colleagues from other missions in the area.

The positive experience of these changes encouraged me to suggest that more regional working could be beneficial to us as well as to our stakeholders.  So we are preparing a meeting of our ambassadors in North Africa to be held in Tunis on Monday to review the possibilities.  I am hoping to convince them to make more use of Tunis as a platform for joint work.

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Dear Alan The FCO site does not make it clear how exactly to contact you but hopefully this will get through. If so please e-mail me at the above address. Very, very best wishes Richard Hoath - Cairo

Posted by Richard Hoath on October 04, 2008 at 02:11 PM CEST #

Have you read this Mr. Goulty? by the way, I am a big fan of your blog, glad it's back!

Posted by Slim Z. on October 05, 2008 at 05:23 PM CEST #

Your Excellency, I do enjoy your blog about Tunisia. Please keep us updated on events there. Tunisia is a facinating part of the world. Actually, somewhere I would like to work in the future. David Morely Attaché

Posted by Charles Simmons on October 12, 2008 at 09:30 PM CEST #

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