On Friday 25th January the Diplomatic and Consular Career and Ceremony Protocol Initiation Course and Events Hostess Course came to a close, which had been given at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The Ministry for foreign Affairs highlighted the high degree of female participation; out of a total of 63 participants, 34 were women.
The course in question lasted five months. During the closure, the director of studies and head of the Protocol and Ceremonies for Hostesses Course reported on the various phases of the training, in both the headquarters of the Ministry for foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE). The introduction of diplomacy and diplomatic skills, cooperation and international aid, foreign policy in general, and in particular that of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, together with the role of international cooperation, formed part of the material presented during the course, among other subjects. The training involved the participation of international organisations accredited in Equatorial Guinea, and consultants from the ministry.
The training consisted of six modules. The first, which lasted two weeks, was chiefly an introduction to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and cooperation (MAEC) and foreign policy. The second, which was theoretical, was given at the UNGE, and lasted eight weeks; while the third mainly covered an introduction to diplomacy, diplomatic correspondence and writing, and the personal skills of the diplomat; notions which were taught at the headquarters of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
The fourth part covered the importance of international cooperation, and was given by facilitators and representatives from specialist organisations in the United nations System in Equatorial Guinea, with the aim of showing the participants the operations of these bodies and their cooperation with Equatorial Guinea.
The fifth section of the course was based on practical specialisation, in which the participants performed tasks in the various administrative units at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. At the end of this stage the students gave presentations in which they explained the administrative functions where they had been sharing experiences. Before the start of this stage there was a meeting with the Director Generals from the Ministry, so that the participants on the course could get to know the aims of these administrative units and work towards their goals.
Finally, the last phase of the course was based on examining the knowledge acquired by the participants. It is expected that at MAEC headquarters there will be a process of placement and assignation for the participants in the various administrative units at the ministry, while awaiting appointments.
In his speech the United Nations Representative (UNDP) praised the initiative and expressed satisfaction for the success of the training. He also renewed his gratitude to the Government and the Head of State for the excellent cooperation with the United Nations and the training of Human Resources. In addition, he expressed appreciation for the commitment of the participants on the course, and the exchange of knowledge and experience in the diverse components of the programmes given.
He concluded by recalling that, when the framework agreement was signed between the Government and the United Nations Agencies, they spoke about the installation of an office for cooperation, which can currently be found in our country with a strong team to accompany Equatorial Guinea through its emergence.
For his part, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue, at the start of his speech, recognised the support from the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to bring about the course, which is part of the ministry’s action plan, and he indicated that there is a long way to go on a national and international level. He also pointed out that the training programme had been satisfactory, with outstanding teachers, in order to make the young people better diplomats and better people, and he recalled that a good administration is one that trains its officials in order to demand efficiency.
During the training the knowledge of the participants has been evident. This ministry, as an executing arm of Government policy, must improve the knowledge of its human resources; and as future diplomats, they must not only limit themselves to the issue of note verbales, but must promote the best image of the country within an international context, and always offer a good service to the population”, said Oyono Esono Angue, and he reaffirmed that the ministry would always be at the forefront to increase the professional capabilities of its officials.
In his words, the Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed satisfaction for the happy culmination of the course, one of the main pillars of the Ministerial Department Action Plan he oversees, and he appealed to the future diplomats to put into practice the knowledge acquired.
Simeon Oyono Esono added that, to be a diplomatic official, specific training in the area is necessary. To that end, he indicated that access to a diplomatic and consular career should begin with a solid base, with the aim of placing the activities involved in the foreign services of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on the level of contemporary circumstances, as required in the current situation of globalisation.
The training included the course on protocol and ceremonies aimed at 35 young people.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office