Sébastien Guilbart, Honorary Consul of France in the Cayman Islands
e-Toile: Hello, Mr. Guilbart. You have just been named the Honorary Consul of France in the Cayman Islands. What is the first message that you hope to offer to the French residents of these islands?
Sébastien Guilbart: First off, I would like to thank the Consulate General of France in Miami, and Gaël de Maisonneuve for my nomination.
I am happy to be able to represent the French community in the Caiman Islands.
e-Toile: For the residents, as well as for the readers of this consular constituency, can you present and deliver the key elements of your professional goals?
Sébastien Guilbart: I studied up until the receipt of my Baccalaureate in Avignon, then at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG), in Paris.
I began my professional career as a Financial advisor in Nice. Then, I returned to Monaco in order to work in the hotel industry.
I went to Moscow, then to Belize.
In Belize, I was recruited as a Director of a Medical school, which then moved to the Cayman Islands in 2002. Since then, I’ve resided here on these islands.
e-Toile: Why did you chose to be the one for the Consulate General of France, and could you also please specify what your role entails as the Honorary Consul?
Sébastien Guilbart: I made this decision because the cost to the French residents, for getting their French papers were becoming very high with two trips to Miami.
Having an Honorary Consul in the Cayman Islands will allow the French to be able to just do so in one trip.
Of course, this represents additional local support in case of natural disasters. Additionally, I would assist the French residents and visitors if they were to run into problems. The residents of the island will also be able to vote easier by proxy.
e-Toile: In your opinion, are there any special features of the Cayman Islands based on its insular quality?
Sébastien Guilbart: Yes, definitely. The travels to Miami are expensive, so this role I have is very important.
Additionally, a lot of French people are not registered and I hope that they will make themselves known.
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Article published May 14, 2013