Friday, September 27, 2013

Setting the stage for success!

Those of you who attended the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School will undoubtedly remember the presentation from Vuk Vujnović, Acting Director of the Public Relations Bureau for the Government of Montenegro. He is leading an effort to establish open and transparent government in South Eastern Europe’s nation states and has created the South Eastern European Government Communications (SEECOM) forum.

Government communicators from agencies representing nearly a dozen nations are participating in this effort. The group met for the first time last September (2012) and adopted the Budva Declaration. Today, the group came together again to further their work and build a more unified congress to address the issues of openness and transparency.
The second SEECOM conference opened this evening with several high-level keynote speakers. The proceedings included Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dus̆ko Marković, United Nations Resident Coordinator Rastislav Vrbensky, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Montenegro Douglas Jones, Deputy Head of European and International Cooperation for Konrad-Adenaer-Stiftung Frank Priess, and Chief of Staff of the Regional Coooperation Council Jovan Tegovski.  
These weren’t just a bunch of high-level politicos delivering platitudes – these folks understand the importance of successful government communications.
Throughout the room, heads were nodding in agreement when Embassy Deputy Chief Jones said, “When Government communicators are empowered to do their jobs, society benefits – the public is more informed and engaged, governments make better decisions, trust in government increases and corruption decreases.”
Yes, Mr. Jones – we couldn’t agree more! Nothing is more powerful than empowered communicators.
The enthusiasm of this group is astounding. They come together with open minds, dedicated to the success of the effort, and a can-do spirit bolstered by a willingness to serve untainted by naysayers. I am honored to take part and bear witness to this historic endeavor.

posted by John Verrico, President-Elect, National Association of Government Communicators

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