Economic Diplomacy in the Changing Global Economic Relations– Rationalizing African Countries’ Role in and Approach to Economic Diplomacy


 The nature of economic diplomacy underwent major transformations epitomized by a shift away from centralized diplomacy that was traditionally channeled through the ministries of foreign affairs. The globalization of economic and social issues has necessitated this shift thus rendering economic diplomacy a field that transcends ministries of foreign affairs and their embassies. This course will look at rule-making processes that bolster social, cultural and political norms given that diplomacy now involves specialized sectors and line ministries. The scope of the role of representatives who acts as diplomatic agents either by design or default will be considered and the resulting implications on the national or regional interests. Given that most African countries are yet to strategically embrace the changed landscape of diplomacy strategic areas key to empowering representatives from non-traditional sectors and key competences necessary for effective engagement in economic diplomacy space will be considered. Notably, the course will rationalize functions and mandates of ministries of foreign affairs in the context of economic diplomacy. It will further look into implications and remedies to uncoordinated approaches to international affairs, pursuit and adoption of conflicting policies and resulting opaque national economic, social and political interests. This course will assess the shifts necessitated by the rise of economic diplomacy and the emerging trends on African countries as well as strategic shifts globally including their implications on sovereignty of countries and cohesion of regional organisations. 

Fees and other costs

The fee for the programme will be payable in US dollars and will cover tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day. Discounts are available for every 2 or more delegates registered from the same institution.

Course Fee: $1800

Venue: Zanzibar, Tanzania. However, subject agreement with clients, the course may be offered in any of the following venues: Kampala, Uganda, Mombasa, Kenya; Nairobi Kenya; Livingstone Zambia; Arusha, Tanzania and Dubai.

Dates: 20 – 24 March 2023

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