International Visitors Programme

International Visitors Programme

Public diplomacy necessarily involves direct dialogue with citizens from other countries. The objective is to create a favourable public opinion of the country and to construct stable relations that will create a positive atmosphere of trust, so helping to make public policies better known. It involves establishing free-flowing communication at all levels and, in order to achieve this, a policy of dialogue, able to facilitate the establishment of commitments and mutual understanding. It is therefore crucial to create this and to cultivate good relations with influential collectives in order to make known abroad the realities of the country.

International visitors programmes have become a key instrument of public diplomacy in that they contribute to promoting the creation of these personal, professional and institutional links that improve relations among the members of the civil society of different countries while allowing a first-hand knowledge of the political, economic, social, and cultural realities of a country, without intermediaries.

DIPLOCAT is organising programmes of visits directed toward the groups that can help to disseminate the realities of Catalonia abroad, with the objective of making known those realities, the assets and values of the country, its business and economic fabric, its culture, and its way of government.

Through the programme of international visitors to Catalonia, invitations are issued mainly to foreign decision-makers and political representatives to travel to Catalonia on a private basis for a period of between two and three days. The objective is for them to meet the principal authorities of the country as well as representatives of civil society, who can then offer them the chance to find out first-hand about the political and economic situation of Catalonia.

The programme will organise private or group visits for those expressly invited as well as for people who may be stopping over briefly in Catalonia.

Although this constitutes the general framework of the programme, people of recognised international prestige may be invited from time to time – people whose influence, beyond strictly political concerns, may prove decisive at the international level.

The objectives of the programme are the following:

  1. To make known to the rest of the world, without intermediaries, the facts about Catalonia and the will of the Catalan people to decide on their own future.
  2. To establish relationships of trust with foreign political representatives and decision-makers.
  3. To attract investment, knowledge, institutions, and people.

DIPLOCAT has signed agreements with prestigious organisations to help to run or to collaborate in the visitors programmes they carry out, as is the case with the German Marshall Fund of the United States or the Peres Center For Peace.

Last updated: 16 March 2015

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German Marshall Fund of the United StatesThe German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) was founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to the Marshall Plan. The Fund is dedicated to promoting better understanding and co-operation between North America and Europe. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working to establish transatlantic links. GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, with offices in Berlin, Bratislava, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara and Bucharest.

This prestigious international organisation created the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Programs (MMF) in 1982 to introduce new generations of European leaders to the economy, the politics, the society, and the institutions of the United States. In 1999, GMF launched a companion programme to bring future US leaders into contact with European life and culture. Currently, it has a network embracing the USA and twenty-two European countries and counts on more than 2,000 associated individuals from the academic, political, journalistic, and economic sphere of companies and non-governmental organisations.

The Peres Center For PeaceThe Peres Center For Peace, based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, is a non-profit and independent organisation, founded in 1996 by the Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Israel between 2007 and 2014, Shimon Peres. The aim of the Peres Center is to promote lasting peace and advancement in the Middle East, by fostering tolerance, economic and technological development, cooperation and well-being, all in the spirit of President Peres’ vision.