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Diplomacy: Newly recruited Second Secretaries Acquainted with Mauritius foreign policy

Date: October 31, 2016
Domain:Civil Service; Foreign Affairs
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS – 31 October 2016: An induction course, aimed at apprising newly recruited Second Secretaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, of the foreign policy of Mauritius and equipping them with basic diplomatic skills, kicked off this morning at the Lunch Room of the National Assembly in Port Louis.
Organised by the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade, under the aegis of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade, the course also brings together 12 interns recruited under the Service to Mauritius Programme and the Youth Employment Programme.  The objectives are to stimulate team-spirit and value-driven leadership; and to expose participants to a range of key issues (climate change, ocean economy, Sustainable Development Goals) as well as sensitive matters that are aligned with national priorities.
 
In his address at the launching ceremony, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Anwar Husnoo, said that leadership by public institutions, striking partnership or developing clear policies is now required to meet present-day challenges and keep our country ahead of the curb.  The world, he said, is changing at a dizzying pace, bringing in its wake new opportunities and challenges for which we must be prepared.  There is rapid technological changes ranging from penetration of mobile application on the African continent to the accelerated use of data service, the Minister said.
 
Addressing the new Second Secretaries, the Minister stated that their tasks will also comprise identifying opportunities to working with people to resolve consular matters and contribute to the vision of Mauritius achieving the second economic miracle and opening up its asset to the world.  He expressed his confidence that the new recruits will serve Mauritius and its people diligently with integrity, confidence and pride.
 
For her part, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs (SFA), Ambassador Mrs Usha Dwarka Canabady, recalled that the objectives that Mauritius has set for itself within the SDGs must become the centerpiece of the initiatives of the newly recruited Second Secretaries in building an inclusive society.  This will require a shift in attitudes, of how global rules are conceived as well as a shift of how business is conducted across the world with focus on generosity, she added.
 
According to the SFA, Second Secretaries’ challenge will not only reside in serving Mauritius to the best of their ability, but will also be in serving the committee of nations.  ‘You have a bigger role to play’, she pointed out.  Diplomats, Trade Negotiators and Integration Analysts will have to shoulder significant responsibilities in ensuring that nations work together for a better world and at the same time work to pursue their own individual objectives so that the country advances, Mrs Dwarka Canabady added.
 
The induction
 
The course will last till 1st December 2016 and will be run over four weeks on a half-day basis along with planned full-day sessions.  It alternates theoretical sessions with interactive discussions, provocative exchanges, and practical hands-on sessions.
 
Topics to be covered include: diplomacy; the situation in the Middle East; World Trade Organisation Issues; Protocol and Etiquette, and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations; Consular Matters; Mauritius’s efforts towards regional integration; Trade Issues Health and Safety issues; Communicating within the Civil Service; Human Rights – National Implementation Mechanism; Entreprises as an engine of growth in Mauritius: potential and challenges; and Intellectual Property Rights. 
 
Resource persons are from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade; Attorney General’s Office; Enterprise Mauritius; the Board of Investment; the Mauritius Export Association; and the Human Rights Commission, amongst others.
 
The Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade
 
The Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade. It has been active for over five years now.  The Institute organises short and long-term training courses, workshops and lectures for diplomats and technical staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and other Ministries.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
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