ASEAN+3 deans discuss promoting diplomatic training

Wednesday, 2019-10-23 16:52:45
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The 14th annual meeting of deans and directors of diplomatic training institutions of ASEAN+3 opens in Hanoi on October 23, 2019. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The 14th Annual Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Training Institutions of ASEAN+3 opened in Hanoi on October 23, discussing ways to promote cooperation on diplomatic training among ASEAN+3 countries.

As reported by the Vietnam News Agency, the two-day event, hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, features five discussion sessions on building a common database of diplomatic training programmes and materials, establishing joint diplomatic training and internship programmes, applying technology to diplomatic training, cooperative training mechanisms for trainers and building an effective and substantive cooperation mechanism in the ASEAN+3.

Speaking at the opening session, Nguyen Van Thao, Assistant to the Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasised that in the current rapidly changing world, diplomacy also needs to change and diplomatic training needs to adapt to emerging challenges as well.

Agreeing on that point, Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, Vice President of the post-2020 APEC vision group, said that when the whole world is changing rapidly in the digital era, diplomacy in general and diplomatic training in particular need to make appropriate changes to serve the common development goal.

The diplomat pointed out that as a tool of foreign policy, diplomacy is changing in the digital age. These transformations require diplomats to adapt, apply flexibly and keep balance between traditional diplomacy and "digital diplomacy."

Dr. Pham Lan Dung, Deputy Director of the DAV, said that the annual meeting has become a meaningful and highly valued forum for discussion and dialogues, aiming to improve the quality of diplomacy training of countries in the region.

On the sidelines of the meeting, for the first time, the organisers host a joint training course on crisis management for diplomats of ASEAN + 3 countries, with the participation of three lecturers, namely Australian Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, Dr. John Hemery from the UK Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies and Ambassador Jean Dunn of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies of Australia. This is also the first activity to deploy cooperation within the framework of the meeting.

During the Hanoi’s event, delegates are expected to offer specific proposals on joint activities to promote cooperation in diplomatic training in the digital era among ASEAN+3 countries, paving the way for new and substantive orientations in the future.

The next annual meeting is scheduled for Japan in 2020.