The Foreign Service Institute, in cooperation with the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste’s Institute of Diplomatic Studies (IDS), conducted a training program for diplomats and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MFAC) on 12-16 December 2016. A total of thirty-seven (37) officers and staff of the MFAC completed the five-day training on protocol and ceremonials, International Relations and Diplomacy, public diplomacy, and nation-branding.
At the opening ceremony, Dr. Aurelio Gutteres, Secretary-General of IDS expressed his gratitude to the FSI and the Philippine Embassy in Dili for contributing to its human resources development. FSI Deputy Director-General Julio Amador III echoed Dr. Gutteres’s message and expressed gratitude towards IDS for the opportunity to work with the MFAC of Timor-Leste. Ambassador Evelyn Austria-Garcia, the Philippine Ambassador to Timor-Leste, gave an inspirational keynote address to the participants of the program during the opening session. She highlighted the importance of the training as part of the cooperation agreement between the Philippines and Timor-Leste.
In addition to the seminar and workshops, a consultation meeting was also convened between FSI and IDS officials to provide technical advice on the establishment and management of the IDS. IDS and FSI agreed to look into the possibility of furthering cooperation in diplomatic training and institution building.
Former FSI Director and DFA Undersecretary Laura Q. Del Rosario, former ambassador to Brazil Eva Betita, and Deputy Director-General Amador served as resource persons for the workshop. DDG Amador, Ms. Jill Angeli Bacasmas, and Mr. Ken Edward Concepcion served as the training team from FSI. The program is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of Asia and the Pacific through its Development Cooperation Program.