Ethiopian diplomats complete diplomatic English training

Addis Ababa, 19 January 2014 (WIC) ¬- 65 Ethiopian diplomats successfully completed an ‘Intensive Diplomatic English’ course on Thursday. The month long course ended on January 16 was organized by the British Council Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.

The British Council along with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Program presented certificates and merit awards to the graduates. The training aimed to enhance diplomatic English language skills to fast- track the country’s foreign relations activities and improve professionalism and effective communication. Speaking at the ceremony, State Minister Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos congratulated the trainees and commended their dedication and success in undertaking the training.

He noted that bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Britain has been growing in various sectors, particularly in investment and trade, and said the training would contribute to taking existing relations to a higher level.

He expressed the hope that this would include deepening and strengthening relations in capacity building and other areas. He thanked the British Council, the trainers and other stakeholders for their hard work and dedication.

UNDP Country Director, Dr. Samuel also congratulated the graduate and said that UNDP would expand its cooperation with Ethiopia in building the capacity of diplomats to help realize the development goals of the country in its external relations. The occasion was attended by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Greg Dorey, officials of the British Council, representatives of the UNDP, trainers and trainees.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the training was given by the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UNDP, and the Ethiopian Civil Service University.