Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, received a delegation from the Republic of Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of its wider mission to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and expertise between countries in the intricate field of 21st century diplomacy.
The meeting was arranged in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s (MOFAIC) Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), and intended to provide the visiting delegation with practical insights into EDA’s progressive development as an organisation, and an understanding of its rich operational experience.
The Ugandan delegation comprised senior officials His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juliet Kabonesa Ssekitoleko, Head of the North Africa and Middle East Region Department, and Daniel Ssekabembe, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Accounting Officer at the Uganda Mission in Abu Dhabi.
Welcoming the diplomatic guests, His Excellency Bernardino León, President, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, provided an overview of the Academy’s model and mission. The delegation also met with EDA students – the UAE’s future diplomats – in a special session which presented the students with an opportunity for direct, real-world learning experience.
In addition, the delegates had productive discussions with faculty from the Academy’s Executive Training and Student Affairs, Research, Education departments on the educational programs and advanced curriculum offered by the Academy to enhance future diplomats’ skills necessary to face the 21st Century Diplomacy challenges.
Referring to the diplomatic visit, His Excellency Bernardino León said: “It was an honour for us to welcome distinguished members from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As an organisation, we are pleased to share our multifaceted experiences in the world of diplomacy. We are also keen to exchange best practices and foster channels of communication with other diplomatic bodies.”
His Excellency added: “Our students have benefited from the opportunity to interact with diplomats of this fascinating African country, and to learn from their experiences. For this opportunity, we are grateful to MOFAIC, and its Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), whose continued support is pivotal to our sustained engagement with professionals and organisations in the international diplomatic community.”
His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: "The visit to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy came within the framework of strengthening the bilateral relations between the UAE and Uganda in the field of international diplomacy. This visit made it possible for us to learn about the UAE's diplomacy, and how it has progressed over time. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this visit, especially His Excellency Leon, MOFAIC, and UAETAP."
EDA frequently welcomes high-profile experts, scholars, and professionals from around the world as part of its goal to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of students. The visit by senior officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs was an example of the wide range of regions and the diversity of speakers that the Academy connects with.