Mauritius must remain a key player on the international scene despite the complex and fast changing landscape related to global issues. The training of diplomats is of great importance to ensure that, along with their traditional skills, they are also well versed in emerging modern issues so as to strengthen the position of Mauritius at the international level.
This statement was made this morning in Port Louis by the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Anwar Husnoo, at the launching ceremony of a Diplomatic Training Course conducted by the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade, in collaboration with the German Federal Foreign Office.
In his address the Minister recalled that Government strongly advocates the training of officers in order to ensure that they are better equipped to face rapid emerging global issues such as climate change, financial crisis and international law.
Some 25 officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade will be participating in the training course from November 24 to December 7. The course will be conducted by resource persons who are former ambassadors at the German Federal Foreign Office.
Topics that will be discussed during the training course are: Law and the Sea and Maritime Governance; International Law; Good Governance; Human Rights; Multilateral Diplomacy; Internal and External communication, crisis management; Promotion of Trade and Investment; Protocol; Public Diplomacy and; Multilateral Diplomacy.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."