New York - Morocco appointed Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Morocco on Tuesday morning in the city of Miami.
New York – Morocco appointed Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Morocco on Tuesday morning in the city of Miami.
Moroccan Ambassador to the United States Rachad Bouhlal traveled from Washington D.C. to South Florida for the appointment ceremony that took place at “Tuyo” Restaurant, Miami Dade College’s Culinary Institute, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.
The newly-appointed Honorary Consul expressed his gratitude to Morocco and the joy of representing the North African country in South Florida.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been given this opportunity to serve on the consular corps,” Padrón said in a statement.
“I look forward to forge even stronger ties between Morocco and the Miami community. With so much in common with Spain, just a few miles north across the strait of Gibraltar, Morocco, in turn, has more in common with South Florida than many people know,” he added.
According to the same source, Dr. Eduardo Padrón has received the highest orders of distinction from other foreign governments, namely Spain, France and Argentina for his outstanding leadership and record of commitment to education and culture.
France named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Argentina awarded him the Order of San Martin, and Spain’s King Juan Carlos I bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella.
Padrón has been President of Miami Dade College for nearly 21 years, since 1995. He holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Florida.
Born in Santiago, Cuba in 1944, he arrived in the United States as a refugee at 15 years old.
According to the Kingdom of Morocco’s Embassy in the U.S. official website, there are 13 Moroccan Honorary Consuls in the U.S. in states such as Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Florida, among others.
Moroccan Honorary Consuls in the United States promote the image of Morocco in their home states and abroad as well as strengthen commercial, economic and cultural ties between both countries.
The appointment of Dr. Padrón as Honorary Consul of Morocco in one of the most diversified, dynamic and largest metropolis in America is a step forward in the consolidation of greater U.S.-Moroccan relationships.