African Diplomatic Etiquette, Protocol and<br>Cooperation Workshop.

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The protocol rules are universal as fixed in Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. However diplomatic practice varies in different countries.

Protocol is an important part of diplomatic practice. With the advent of air travel, Heads of State and respective delegations began to meet more often, resulting in a rise in summitry. Such meetings necessitate that protocol procedures and etiquette are strictly followed in order to find a balance between commonly accepted norms of behaviour that need to be applied during such occasions. Diplomatic Etiquette and Protocol can be intimidating and difficult to grasp without specialised background knowledge and experience.

As staff of a major international organisation, you may be called upon to organise and make arrangements for events, conferences and meetings, whether they be formal or informal, official or unofficial. This requires an in-depth understanding of the various layers of Protocol and Etiquette. Etiquette helps one present oneself in a professional manner not only in diplomatic circles but also in business-related scenarios.

The ever-changing business environment and the diversity of cultures demand that business executives master the basics of etiquette and better understand multicultural manners.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop is an opportunity for diplomatic and consular representatives (protocol officers, ambassadors' secretaries etc) as well as institutions, both private and public, that would like to expand their knowledge about diplomatic protocol practice. The workshop aims to enable the participants to get a better understanding of official protocol and etiquette as practiced at state level, at international meetings, and at business meetings through highly interactive exercises.

At the end of this 2-day training, participants should be able to take the right decisions and consider a broad spectrum of possible Protocol-related situations and Etiquette guidelines, to enable them to confront challenging and new situations confidently particularly when dealing with high-ranking government officials.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is open to members of Permanent Missions and delegates of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other government officials, representatives of international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations. Senior managers from the private sector are equally invited to benefit from this unique course.

Conference Outline:

Day 1

  • Diplomacy, Multilateral & Negotiation.
  • Protocol & Etiquette.
  • Mission Administration.
  • Government Relations.
  • Corporate Service for Managers & Attachés.
  • Negotiation & Communication Skills.
  • Conflict Analysis & Conflict Resolution.
  • Security & Stability.
  • Emotional Intelligence.

Day 2

  • Organisation of Foreign Visits (State, Official, Working & Private).
  • Develop a stronger sense of own culture and identity through engagement with other cultures.
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  • Better understand cross-cultural issues.
  • Have an increased knowledge and understanding of how local community works and its links to the rest of the world.
  • Work effectively with diversity.

Guest Speakers

Prof. Jo-Ansie Van Wyk

  • Professor:Department Of Political Sciences.
  • University Of South Africa.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk is a Professor at UNISA’ Department of Political Science and has been a member of the In On Africa (IOA) team since 2008. Her publications and research experience focus on political leadership in Africa, nuclear diplomacy and energy, environmental politics, and international security.

Prof. Ian Taylor

  • Professor: School Of International Relations
  • University Of St Andrews, UK

Ian Taylor is a Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at the University of St Andrews and also Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China.He also holds the following positions: Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch,South Africa.Visiting Professor, Institute for Peace and Security Studies,University of Addis Ababa,Ethiopia Visiting Scholar at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda He has held visiting professorships at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and was the Lee Hysan Visiting Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Modern African Studies.

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