The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, hosted, on the 10th of September 2018, the official opening of the ”ForeignDiplo2018” program, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Romanian Diplomatic Institute (RDI) and Romania’s International Development Cooperation Agency (RoAid).

In the first edition of ”ForeignDiplo@RDI”, which took place between 10th and 22nd of September, have participated diplomats from nine African countries, from ten Caribbean states and from the CARICOM Secretariat.

In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized that ”ForeignDiplo” is a good opportunity for Romania to reconnect with the African states and, in the same time, a first step towards building a long-term bond with the states of the Caribbean Region.

During the first day of the program, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Cosmin Dinescu, addressed the institutional structure of the ministry, whereas the topic of the external policy of Romania among the dynamics of the European actuality was approached by Mr. Ștefan Tinca, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ”ForeignDiplo2018@RDI” program continued with appointments within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Anca Măntulescu, the director of the Latin America and Caribbean Division, along with Gențiana Șerbu, the Ambassador of Romania to Havana, as well as with Bogdan Filip, the director of the Middle East and North Africa Directorate, and their teams, together with the diplomats from The Caribbean and Subsaharan Africa, have identified themes and projects for future collaborations.

The diplomats who are participating in the “ForeignDiplo” program visited the Elisabeta Palace and had a meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania.

During the ”ForeignDiplo” lectures, the participants got accustomed to the values of the European Union, guided by Melania-Gabriela Ciot, Secretary of State within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by Gabriela Drăgan, General Director of the European Institute of Romania, and by Mădălina Morariu, diplomat within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The first week of the ”ForeignDiplo” program, dedicated to the diplomats of Caribbean Community and of Subsaharan Africa, included, in addition to the courses, visits to the Palace of the Parliament, to the Cotroceni Palace and to the Romanian Academy, in order for participants to have a direct experience within the institutional architecture of Romania.

Mr. Ambassador Doru Costea, former Secretary of State for Global Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has depicted the challenges of the new millennium to the participants in ”ForeignDiplo”, giving salience to the need of all states to address global issues such as nuclear proliferation, climate change, cyber threats and the economic stagnation.

The economic approach started, within ”ForeignDiplo”, with the intervention regarding the actual state of the world economy of Mr. Sergiu Manea, CEO of the Romanian Commercial Bank. It continued with Mr. Robert Uzună, Vice President of Asahi Group Holdings and former diplomat within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who emphasized the involvement of the economic diplomacy and the importance of strategic thinking in the economic crises. An applied analysis of the status of the Romanian economy has been made by Liviu Voinea, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Romania.

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, presented to the participants of the ”ForeignDiplo” the cyberspace in the light of security threats, as a new domain of confrontation, as well as its specific elements, which have made it one of the most notable challenges of our century.

Doctor Raed Arafat, Secretary of State within the Ministry of Internal Affairs, has presented today to the diplomats of ”ForeignDiplo” the history of the Romanian emergency situations and disaster resilience management system. The harmonization of law, the institutional effectiveness, along with prevention and preparedness campaigns for the population are the premises of an efficient coordination in case of emergency situations.

The representative of the International Organization for Migration in Bucharest, Maria Voica, has debated, along with the participants to ”ForeignDiplo”, the complex phenomenon of migration – its causes, its solutions, the attitude of the society towards the migrants – concluding that migration is a natural process which the humanity has always been facing.

The participants in the ”ForeignDiplo” program visited the Consular Department of the Romanian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, where they have been accustomed to the consular assistance procedure which Romania is offering to its citizens from abroad and also to the foreigners who visit our country. The consular services provided by Romania represented an interesting subject for the foreign diplomats, who have found here inspiration for the development of the consular services of their countries.

”ForeignDiplo” has ended with a certificate award ceremony.

23rd of September 2018