Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle meets with Training for International Diplomats participants
Foreign Minister Westerwelle meets young diplomats from Africa
© Dirk Enters
On 20 July, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met the participants of the Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa and of the Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa. The young diplomats are currently participating in training courses organised by the Foreign Service Academy's Training for International Diplomats.
The countries of the Middle East and North Africa are pivotal partners for German and European foreign policy in an essential neighbourhood region of Europe. It is of mutual interest to intensify and strengthen bilateral relations with a view to further stabilisation.
The curricula of the programme is tailored to issues and topics relevant to the participants, including European integration, the political system of Germany, public and constitutional law, media plurality, the structure and working methods of the Federal Foreign Office as well as regional and international cooperation and politics.
Interactive training methods of practical relevance such as negotiation techniques, public speaking and media training are also well received by the young diplomats. The programme is complemented by study trips to EU institutions and NATO headquarters in Brussels, as well as excursions within Germany
Foreign Minister Westerwelle meets young diplomat from Egypt
© Dirk Enters
Europe and Germany are keen to demonstrate their concern for Africa by forging a meaningful partnership. That is the rationale for projects such as the Joint EU Africa Strategy.
The Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa provides participants with insights into Germany's contemporary history and economic development and features visits to institutions and companies with relation to Africa. A key focus here is the transition from a commodity-exporting economy to a manufacturing and technology-based economy. Participants explore the implications for sustainability, the appropriate use of resources and the mobilization of local potential.
Alongside theoretical knowledge on German and European history, federalism, international politics, development cooperation, international law and economics, participants are taught practical skills relevant to their careers.
Study trips to Brussels, Bonn and Leipzig were an integral part of the seminars.
This year Training for International Diplomats offers 17 programmes with a duration of one to three months for approximately 300 young diplomats from 140 countries. Among the 1500 alumni 155 former participants are currently working at their missions in Germany, some of them as ambassadors.
Last updated 21.07.2011