German diplomacy for local German-speaking diplomat

06 January 2017 – An accomplished Namibian diplomat, Mr Elvis Shiweda this week received an invitation from the German Ambassador to attend a training session for international diplomats in Berlin, Germany. The training is conducted under the auspices of the German Federal Foreign Office.

On Wednesday, the German Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Christian Schlaga presented Mr Shiweda, the Deputy Director for Asia at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation his letter of invitation to participate in the 41st Training for International Diplomats of the Federal Foreign Office.

The training runs from 25 January until 03 March 2017.

The German Embassy said, “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.”

In the area of diplomacy, the curriculum focuses on current international and global challenges. Study trips to European institutions and other international organisations complete this part of the programme. The programme also covers 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 Germany. The German Embassy is very pleased to invite Mr. Shiweda, as he is the first German-speaking Namibian diplomat to participate for many years” the German Embassy stated.

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