31 March 2017 - Namibian Diplomat returns from diplomatic training in Germany with a rich wealth of experience

Namibian Diplomat returns from diplomatic training in Germany Enlarge image Mr. Elvis Shiweda during his diplomatic training (© Auswärtiges Amt)

From 25 January until 03 March 2017, Mr Elvis Shiweda, Deputy Director for Asia at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, participated in the 41st Training for International Diplomats of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

During talks with Mr Ullrich Kinne, Cultural Councillor of the Embassy, Mr Shiweda expressed satisfaction with the organization and the content of the six-week long training course. Mr Shiweda had attended the course together with young diplomats from 20 other countries. “I was particularly impressed by the openness with which the lecturers dealt with sensitive topics in Germany such as refugee policy or Brexit. The discussions with the other participants gave me the opportunity to exchange views and gain new insights into current developments in German Foreign Policy. The German language connected us.”

Since 1992, the Federal Foreign Office’s Training for International Diplomats team has offered further training programmes for young diplomats from over 170 countries in different languages. The content and method of the curriculum is based on the needs of the participants and orientates itself on the job requirements for modern diplomacy. The topics include world politics of the 20th and 21st century, international law and European integrations. In the area of diplomacy, the curriculum focuses on current international and global challenges; study trips to European institutions and International Organisations complete this part of the programme. Furthermore, the training includes practical skills such as diplomatic speech, negotiations and media training.

By inviting young Namibian diplomats, Germany strives to foster personal links between the two countries. The training seminar will make a substantial contribution in further cementing the close cooperation between Namibia and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Namibian Diplomat returns from diplomatic training in Germany Enlarge image Participants at the Diplomatic Training (© Auswärtiges Amt)