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Trade and Diplomacy

Open seminar hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise and Iceland Chamber of Commerce, Friday March 16 from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Aula, University of Iceland

Trade and Diplomacy in the 21st Century
100 years of thinking differently

Welcome to the University of Iceland
Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland

A Foreign Service for the Future: Main Challenges
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Can Diplomacy Survive the 21st Century?
Tom Fletcher, former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Lebanon, editor of the report on the Uk´s Foreign Service and author of the bestseller Naked Diplomacy

Gearing the Foreign Service to the Future. How to approach change - necessary change
Jean-Charles Kingombe, former Ambassador of Denmark to Afghanistan and participant in the review of the Danish Foreign Service

Diplomatic Dynamite
Ásta Sigríður Fjeldsted, Managing Director, Iceland Chamber of Commerce

From Fish to Football. New opportunities to promote Iceland
Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, Iceland´s Ambassador to Russia

Summary and final words
Sturla Sigurjónsson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the steering group reviewing the Icelandic Foreign Service

The conference is held in English and all are welcome. Coffee and tea served between 9:30 and 10:00 in front of the lecture hall.

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