Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2013

Suriname government takes Spanish lessons from Colombia

PARAMARIBO, Suriname – Government officials in Suriname want to improve their Spanish, as that country prepares to assume the presidency pro-tempore of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) from July 2013.

Colombia is responding to the need expressed by the government of Suriname, the foreign ministry of Colombia said a few days ago, by means of a new strategy of "cultural diplomacy" offering a Spanish course for 160 senior government officials of Suriname with the aim of strengthening trade relations, investment and cooperation with that country.

The course, the first of its kind offered by Colombia to a foreign government, is funded by the foreign ministry of Colombia and is part of the joint efforts of the Colombian government to promote the country as a campus to study Spanish. The project is supported by the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, an entity of the Ministry of Culture, which has the support of the Ministry of National Education of Colombia.

The course, which will last six months and will be held in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, will be offered from January 15 to 160 officials from different government entities in Suriname, among which are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Transport, Communication and Tourism and the Office of the President. The course will last six months and will be taught by a group of teachers of from the Spanish Language Center of the External University of Colombia (CEPEX).

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

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