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Cablegate: Professionalizing Nicaragua's Foreign Service

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SUBJECT: PROFESSIONALIZING NICARAGUA'S FOREIGN SERVICE

1. (U) On June 29, TDY Foreign Affairs Officer represented
the Embassy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' induction
ceremony for the successful candidates of the second public
competitive examination for entrance to the nation's
diplomatic service. Of the ten candidates selected, nine
were women. The event was attended by representatives of the
international diplomatic community, as well as officers of
the Foreign Relations and other ministries.

2. (U) Minister of Foreign Affairs Norman Caldera delivered
the opening address, commenting that the open, merit-based
competitive examination process signals a professionalization
of the nation's diplomatic corps that will enable Nicaragua
to more adequately face the demands of an increasingly
competitive and globalized world. He noted that the testing
process was rigorous -- including examinations in Nicaraguan
and world history, international relations, international
law, economics, world culture and English for foreign
professional communication. Exam scoring was conducted
anonymously and candidates underwent rigorous oral exams
before members of a statutorily created commission. The test
results were made public. The Minister thanked Ave Maria
College for its cooperation in the exam preparation process.

3. (U) Caldera highlighted that the fact that nine female
candidates were selected demonstrates the powerful presence
of women as leaders in contemporary Nicaragua, adding that
Nicaragua's ambassadors in Peru, Egypt, Belize and France are
female. His remarks were followed by a speech by Vice
Minister of Foreign Relations Javier Williams Slate (a member
of the Miskito indigenous community), who presided over the
induction of the individual candidates. The Vice Minister
focused on the youth of the 10 selected candidates, referring
to them as "distinguished and dedicated citizens" who
represent the future of the nation's Foreign Service.
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