The giving and receiving of diplomatic gifts or gifts of state is an important part of diplomacy as a whole.
Each country and culture have different traditions which makes the exchanging of diplomatic gifts one of the most difficult protocols.
The experts at Keith Lipert have over 30 years of experience with diplomatic gifts. Our breadth of cultural and institutional knowledge ensures that the gift produces just the right mood at the point of exchange.
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Diplomatic Gifts are Powerful Symbols
Diplomatic gifts are often considered a symbol of cherished friendship. They are cherished because of the personalized nature and can strengthen bonds between countries and people.
Customizing the Diplomatic Gift for the Recipient Shows Thoughtfulness.
Gift exchange is not only a part of diplomatic etiquette, but also a way to promote bilateral relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping always prepares customized gifts with a special meaning for his fellow leaders.
One example is a beautifully hand drawn horse created especially for the South African President, Jacob Zuma, in 2015. Mr. Zuma was born in the year of the horse, and the drawing represented his flourishing country and career.
In 2016, he met with the Czech Republic President, who gave him three pairs of shoes made in the Czech Republic because he was given a pair from his father when growing up. In return, the Chinese President gifted the Czech President a chair inspired by the Ming Dynasty, which he called ‘simple and outstanding’.
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Diplomats use gifts as a tool to initiate a discussion by creating ‘safe space.’ However, an inappropriate gift can also send the wrong message. It is imperative to fully understand the culture with which you are engaging in order to give a heartfelt and memorable gift.
We will combine our knowledge and experience with your budget and timeline to ensure your diplomatic gift is a success.