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Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP): Diplomatic Training Course for Central Asian Countries 2024

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The Centre for Languages and Cultural Diplomacy (CLCD), Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), organised the MTCP: Diplomatic Training Course for Central Asian Countries, as part of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) from 22 – 30 April 2024. With a cohort of twenty career diplomats and representatives from Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, the programme aimed to provide substantive insights into diplomatic training and cultural diversity within Malaysia, aligning with the ethos of the South-South Cooperation initiative.

Throughout the duration of the course, participants were immersed in varied modules designed to enrich their understanding of various facets of diplomacy and cultural diversity in Malaysia. Interactive sessions with Wisma Putra officers served as a cornerstone, delving into Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy strategies, its pivotal role in ASEAN, and its contributions to the United Nations. These engagements alongside discussion with the desk officer from South and Central Asia Division, not only provided theoretical frameworks but also offered practical insights into navigating the complexities of international relations which Malaysia and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs advocate globally.

A particular emphasis was placed on the art of International Negotiation, deemed instrumental in safeguarding national interests. Moreover, modules exploring Malaysia’s Investment landscape, Sustainable Palm Oil initiatives, Food Diplomacy, Media Relations and Skills, and the nuanced role of Language in Diplomacy provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms underpinning Malaysia’s endeavours, domestically and internationally.

The experiential component of the programme was equally enriching. Visits to esteemed institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and iconic landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers with an excursion to the observation deck at level 86, provided them with breathtaking views and first-hand exposure to Malaysia’s infrastructure and its unwavering commitment to progress. Additionally, a briefing at the Melaka State’s Economic Planning Unit then a walkabout around the Old Town and attractions, complete with a river cruise to observe the coastal development further enriched participants experience outside of the city centre. Excursions to cultural landmarks such as Batu Caves, the Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTiC) and the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex offered participants a glimpse into Malaysia’s rich tapestry of heritage and traditions.

The culminating event, the Certificate Presentation Ceremony held on 30 April 2024, marked the formal conclusion of the programme. Dato’ Syed Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman, Director General of IDFR delivered the Closing Remarks and accompanied by Mr Devrin Jeck, Undersecretary of International Cooperation and Development Division (ICADD) presented the certificate of attendance to 20 participants. Ms Abayeva Maysa from Turkminestan delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of the class. Dignitaries namely H.E. Muhammetnyyaz Mashalov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan; H.E. Bulat Sugurbayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan; H.E. Dr Karomidin Gadoev, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan; H.E. Anvar Anarbaev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic; Mr Najmuddin Bekov, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan including embassy representatives, graced the occasion. Participants, adorned in their national attire, stole the show with their mesmerising performance of “Joget Malaysia”.

 

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Centre for Languages and Cultural Diplomacy (CLCD)

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