Intergovernmental Agreement Seeks to Improve Diplomatic Staff Training

ASTANA – Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Regional Hub of Civil Service Alikhan Baimenov and Rector of the Academy of Public Administration Bolatbek Abdrasilov signed an agreement on March 19 to ensure the training of foreign diplomats at Kazakhstan’s academies.

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During the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Idrissov noted that this agreement provides a foundation for joint scientific, educational and research work, which will enhance the image of Kazakhstan as a regional leader in diplomatic staff training.

“The uniqueness and novelty of this agreement lies in the fact that Kazakhstan will start to facilitate developing a national staff from other countries in the region. According to our agreement with Tajikistan, the Institute of Diplomacy of the Academy of Public Administration will start training two Tajik diplomats. This demonstrates the proactive role of Kazakhstan in the region,” the minister said.

In his turn, Baimenov noted that one of the goals of the Regional Hub of the civil service is to improve the region’s human resources capacity.

“Education of Tajik diplomats in Kazakhstan’s academy shows the growing role of Kazakh diplomacy and interest in the work of the Regional Hub from our neighbours. We can say that the hub is launching a new phase of its development in the training of national staff in the region,” said Baimenov, noting that 30 countries and five international organisations are involved in the work of hub today.

“The signing of this document is a landmark event, which opens up the possibility for development of a new project in the work of the academy. I think that the level of our education and scientific projects do attract attention from neighbouring countries. We are ready to continue our cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Regional Hub,” concluded Abdrasilov.

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As main priorities, they have determined several things. Among those of particular importance are scholarships for government officials in the Institute of Diplomacy, development and introduction of new methods of training in foreign policy, exchange of informational and analytical materials, as well as training programmes and consultations to improve diplomatic staff training, promotion of collaborative research projects, exchange of experts and teaching staff, as well as participation in conferences, seminars and roundtables.

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