The international community's support for Afghanistan is intended to enable the country to assume increasing responsibility for stabilization and reconstruction. This means also pursuing its interests internationally with due vigour. For this Afghanistan clearly needs well-trained diplomats – today more than ever. Building on the special trust that is a hallmark of German-Afghan relations, the Federal Foreign Office and the Afghan Government have since 2002 been working hand in hand to establish a modern and effective diplomatic service.
Today (24 April) marks the start of the eighth Executive Seminar for young Afghan diplomats. In an intensive ten-week programme (23 April to 4 July) the Seminar's eleven participants – including 4 women – will hone skills that will stand them in good stead in their later careers.
The training places great emphasis on a practice-oriented, inter-disciplinary approach and tolerance. The topics covered include international and constitutional law, security policy and peacekeeping as well as economic cooperation. In simulated meetings of the UN Security Council participants practice their negotiating skills, in simulated press conferences they learn how to put across their case convincingly.
The current Seminar is part of our Training for International Diplomats (TID) programme, which is designed to help young diplomats from all over the world enhance their professional expertise. More than 900 from over 100 countries have taken part to date.
Since 2002 we have spent 700,000 euro on seven TID Seminars catering to over 60 Afghan diplomats of both sexes. The German Government has once again increased its support for civilian reconstruction in Afghanistan, which now stands at 140 million euro so far this year.