What is Protocol?
“Protocol is the art of creating a distraction free environment that permits the free and open exchange of information to resolve issues and build relationships in international business and global diplomacy.” – Robert W. Frye, CPP
This definition states that through knowing the correct behavior and code of conduct during diplomatic and ceremonial events, it allows one to focus on the task at hand, relationship building, instead of worrying about the formalities.
If one is unaware of these rules, it is a direct reflection on the country’s inability to manage business with the foreign world. Protocol provides you with the safe framework so that you may conduct business without fear of embarrassment from wrongdoing.
Consequently, a country and its representatives have to know these protocols in order to convey a strong and trustworthy message to their foreign compatriots.
So what exactly is included in protocol?
Below is a brief breakdown of what topics protocol includes
Official Arrival and Welcomes at airports and events
Titles of address
Seating placement according to rank and importance
Ambassadorial and High Commission Relations
Head of state visits
Conferencing and event management
These rules are set in place to ensure there is a global consistency- an equal ground for all country representatives to meet on.
There is a lot that is encompassed in the area of Protocol, however AfroProtocol has managed to simplify it in such a way that anyone can understand this challenging topic