Intensive training on the dimensions of new Ethiopian diplomacy kicks off today

A group of diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia are gathered in the Sululta-based African Leadership Excellence Academy for a three-week training that aims to define the directions, dimensions, and domains of Ethiopian diplomacy.
The training officially kicked off today in the presence of the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Birtukan Ayano, and the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Leadership Academy, Dr. Meheret Debebe and Mrs. Hiwot Alemayehu respectively, along with some 65 diplomats.
In delivering a keynote speech, Ambassador Birtukan Ayano said the training was designed to update the knowledge and skills of diplomats in line with the new global-level realities in the economic, social, geopolitical, and digital arenas.

It’s the first round of training provided to diplomats in the 2015 E.C. fiscal year Ambassador Birtukan said adding that the sessions are planned to engage diplomats in new ways of thinking that fit the requirements of the day.
According to Ambassador Birtukan, Ethiopians expect to witness a new day in Ethiopia’s diplomacy, reiterating the importance of reflection on the highs and lows of Ethiopian diplomacy that Ethiopia has passed through since the beginning of the reforms that the government has been undertaking for the last four years.
The Chiefs of the Leadership Academy also gave a birds-eye view of the training session, covering some of the contents and accompanying procedures of the upcoming sessions.
The morning session of the first day of the training was covered by Dr. Meheret Debebe, who spoke in detail about various dimensions of thinking under the banner of “The Thinking Diplomat.”

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