Malaysian Young Diplomats Roundtable
Canberra, 11 August 2014
Sixteen Malaysian diplomats joined DFAT officers and graduates for a roundtable meeting and morning tea hosted by the Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI) at DFAT on Monday 11 August 2014. A panel of senior departmental officers spoke about bilateral, regional and diplomatic perspectives of importance to Australia and Malaysia. Discussions highlighted the strong and diverse relationship between the two countries, and the role of the AMI in supporting people-to-people links across a broad set of cultural exchange visits, public policy programs, interfaith visits and media programs.
This Malaysian visit forms part of a Diploma in Diplomacy from the Malaysian Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Each year 15-20 officers visit a foreign country to develop essential knowledge and skills as a career diplomat.
This was a great opportunity for diplomats from Malaysia and Australia to share experiences. One of the Malaysian attendees, Dilbar Ab Rashid, who was a former member of DFAT's 2012 International Participation in Graduate Training, also had the opportunity to meet with previous participants Kim Northwood and Jamie McPherson.
Australia-Malaysia Institute Cultural Exchange Program
Under the AMI Cultural Exchange Program, six young leaders from Malaysia travelled to Australia from 19-26 May 2014 for a range of meetings in Melbourne and Sydney. The participants were selected from a broad cross-section of Malaysian society.
About the Australia-Malaysia Institute
The Australia-Malaysia Institute was established in 2005 to strengthen people-to-people and institutional links with Malaysia and to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and Malaysia.
The AMI is a wholly Australian initiative and is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Institute works with institutions and individuals in Australia and Malaysia to achieve its objectives. The Institute also seeks to enter into strategic alliances with possible sponsors and partners to enhance its programs.
The Australia-Malaysia Institute is presided over by a Board appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The Institute is supported by a Secretariat which is located in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.
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