Foreign Ministry conducts orientation programme
The Policy Planning, Research and Human Resources Development Division of the Foreign Ministry conducted a two-week long orientation programme for newly appointed Ambassadors and High Commissioners’ designates.
The programme was inaugurated on 5 October at the Foreign Ministry. The Ambassadors and High Commissioners’ designates to Afghanistan, China, France, India, Japan, Kenya, the United States of America (USA) and the Permanent Representative-designate to the United Nations - New York attended the inaugural session.
The programme, which was mainly conducted on a virtual platform due to the pandemic situation, aimed to provide an outline of the foreign policy of the Government as per the vision of the President and the Government’s national policy framework, the ’vistas of prosperity and splendour’. The programme had a greater focus on economic diplomacy while enhancing knowledge and understanding on the current status of bilateral and multilateral engagements, defence and security cooperation, public diplomacy, overseas Sri Lankans, protocol and consular affairs, and COVID-19 related activities.
Further, the programme included briefings by key stakeholders related to Mission functions such as the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the Bureau of Foreign Employment, the Tea Board, the Tourism Promotion Bureau, the Board of Investment, the Export Development Board and the Department of Commerce.
The programme included briefings and panel discussions on national security and foreign policy, Sri Lanka’s strategic importance in the Indian Ocean and on the economic challenges and developments in Sri Lanka which were attended by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Secretary to the Ministry of Finance.