Bill would make diplomatic corps more professional

The foreign ministry wants a more professional diplomatic service. The minister, Manuel González, made his case to a legislative committee Monday. The panel is considering bill No. 18.255.

González said that the bill was needed to guarantee the long–term sustainability of the country’s representatives overseas. He said that training was key in the consular and diplomatic careers, in part, because the country’s representatives have to make decisions on their own overseas.

The minister also said that the Instituto José María Peralta that trains diplomats should be strengthened and a law was needed to outline how candidates are picked for overseas service.

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