Meet the Ambassador: The Ambassadors’ Club Interviews Diplomats in Isolation: The Ambassador of Paraguay

Your Excellency the Ambassador of Paraguay,

1.  WHAT CHARACTERIZES  THE LIFE OF AN AMBASSADOR SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF THE CORONA PANDEMIC?
Maintaining the activities of the Embassy and the continuous relations with either the Authorities in Israel or the members of the community that have representations in Israel. In the majority of cases, the Embassies have not ceased their activities establishing a mixed system by which they grant attention in situ to the members of their  communities or others with respect to documentation, issues of passports and other requirements.
On the other hand, an online attention system that allows remote work for other types of relations,
procedures and others, whether with Authorities of everyone of our countries and also with  Israel’s Authorities.
Also, the Ambassadors maintain, by means of its Embassies, an online support relation with members of their communities, being available for inquiries regarding  to what is generated by the COVID19, in compliance with the measures for health protection issued by the Authorities in Israel.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs have instructed to strictly respect the measures adopted by the
Israeli Government.
 
2.WHICH ARE THE GOALS AND MAIN ACTIVITIES OF PARAGUAY EMBASSY IN ISRAEL IN THESE DAYS?
Applying to all the dependencies of the Embassy the digital tools,  enabled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the implementation of  telework/telecommunication (remote work/work from home).
The  Administration and Consular attention have implemented these procedures 100% during
regular business hours with more than satisfactory results. The EMERGENCIES and COVID19REPORTS are attended 24/7.
In this sense the Foreign Ministry has enabled an official link to assist Paraguayan abroad
https://www.mre.gov.py/index.php/ayuda-connacionales, by which any Paraguayan affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic, may request assistance to the Government, and the same , by means of the Embassies and Consulates may grant the best possible attention, either with respect
to the repatriation, as well as the minimal economic assistance necessary that may be required
by a person trapped in any given country due to the interruption of flights or the closure of borders.
The launching of the Consulate’s  Official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/EmbajadaSeccion,
is worth noting. The same publishes permanently official information that may guide interested
 people and  enable  them  to deal with this situation of global health emergency,
 
3. AS DEAN OF GRULAC IN ISRAEL, TELL US ABOUT THE IMPACT OF CORONA PANDEMIC ON LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES?
When the Coronavirus was disseminated throughout the world, our country, in the beginning of March did not delay the imposition of measures for contention, leading the way to the closure of land and air borders, closure of educational institutes and schools and others , suspending any type of activity or event given that a complete isolation measure, with few exceptions, was ordered.
Although the virus is the same, Latin American Countries are not equal and neither is there manner of reaction of the same.
The present pandemic shall constitute a fundamental evidence for the Latin American leadership given that if the governments act with sensibility , opportunities for postponement of a social crisis will arise/policies that will overall beneficiate our countries.
It is to mention that thanks to the support and collaboration of the authorities of the countries
within our region, the successful repatriation of hundreds of Israelis  disseminated
in several Latin American countries was coordinated, which was valued and appreciated by the
Israeli Government.
The authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and the Ministry of Health have been
supporting the Embassies of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) with conferences, meetings and actions  in order to confront the  COVID19 problem, these are  very useful and highly valued for its transmission to our governments.  
 
4. WHAT MESSAGE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE. 
On behalf of the 15 Embassies of Latin America and Caribe present in Israel, we trust that the Israeli research institutions will soon reach their objective of attaining the necessary vaccine against the COVID 19, in order to save the lives of millions of human beings.
Given the fact that Israel is a leading country in research and advanced technology, it is of extreme importance to  continue promoting the research of possible medicines to be utilized for alleviating/healing the symptoms of the Corona Virus, this will be of help and contribute to the medical sanitary system for the benefit of the  world population.
Max Haber Neumann
Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay
to the State of Israel