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Dinner Talk by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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The DiD 2020 participants attended a Dinner Talk by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 27 August 2020 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Co-organised by the Competency Enhancement Centre (CEC), IDFR, the event was also attended by YBhg. Dato’ Mohd Zamruni Khalid, Director General of IDFR, Heads of Centre of IDFR and YM Raja Intan Nor Zareen, Special Officer to the Secretary General.

The Dinner Talk commenced with a video presentation recapping the journey of DiD 2020 participants since joining IDFR on 10 February 2020. Subsequently, Mr. Ahmad Fadhlizil Ikhram Abdullah, the President of the DiD 2020 Programme, delivered his welcoming remarks. Mr. Fadhlizil expressed the participants’ appreciation to IDFR and the Ministry for organising the event despite the challenges brought upon by COVID-19. He also emphasised on the participants’ commitment to continuously enhance their diplomatic skills and knowledge to enable them to become sterling Malaysian diplomats of the future.

During his speech, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram highlighted the importance of the Diploma in Diplomacy programme to the Ministry. As IDFR’s flagship programme, the DiD Programme is considered as a special programme because in addition to providing the substantive elements, the programme also focuses on providing the practical skillsets to enhance the participants’ competency as diplomats.

Following the talk, the DiD participants held an engagement session with the Secretary-General whereby Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram shared many of his experiences serving the nation in the Ministry as well as at various Missions abroad. He also shared his expectations of the the DiD participants and advised them on how they could further contribute to the betterment of Wisma Putra.

At the end of the Dinner Talk, the participants presented a memento to Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram as a token of their appreciation for his time with the DiD participants and for the memorable Dinner Talk.

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Prepared by:
Johan Arief Jaafar
Competency Enhancement Centre

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