A graduation ceremony of 133 Moroccan and sub-Saharan laureates of the Moroccan Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MADS) was held on Friday 16 December 2016 in Rabat, in the presence of the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Nasser Bourita and the Ambassador, Secretary General of the Ministry, Mr. Mohammed Ali Lazreq, as well as several Moroccan and foreign personalities.
Speaking on this occasion, the Director of the Moroccan Academy for Diplomatic Studies, Mrs. Nadia El Hnot, congratulated the 133 laureates who benefited from the initial training program of the MADS, wishing them a good integration within the Department.
In the same line, Mrs. El Hnot indicated that the class of 2016 is composed of 54 new recruits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, one third of whom are women, and 37 pc of whom are graduates in international relations and political science, 22 pc in law, 37 pc in economics and 4 pc in other disciplines, as well as young diplomats from seven African countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad. In addition to that, certificates were also given to the class of 2015 (29) and the class of 2014 (50).
Mrs. El Hnot pointed out that the 2016 curriculum, which lasted eight and a half months, during which a two -months internship was offered in the Directorates of the MFAC for nationals and the Embassies in Rabat for internationals. In addition to the basic program (international relations, law, geo-economics, in-depth study of Morocco), this training emphasized the practice and mastery of languages, in particular diplomatic English.
Furthermore, she stressed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has always placed human capital at the center of its priorities in order to equip the Ministry with executives capable to rapidly adapt to a complex international environment, noting that the diplomat must be versatile, efficient, proactive and endowed with a rich knowledge of his country.
Highlighting the efforts made by the Moroccan Academy for Diplomatic studies since its establishment in 2011, Mrs. El Hnot stated that the MADS has spared no effort to succeed in the initial training cycle and will continue to build on this momentum, and self-assessment in order to improve its education system and move closer to the standards of excellence in training in the United Nations public administration.
Mrs. El Hnot also pointed out that innovative projects have been carried out alongside the curriculum, including a simulation of the financing segment of the COP 22, with the support of the French Embassy and the Ambassador, in charge of International Relations for Climate, Mr. Philippe Lacoste, in order to enable young diplomats to become a force of proposal and to bring a new and creative perspective.
While stressing the great value of training within the MADS, Mrs. El Hnot noted that the training provided its graduates with seminars and workshops in communication and language skills, noting that visits to economic, cultural and political organizations were also part of the curriculum.
The Ambassador of Chad to Morocco, Mr. Mahamat Abedel-Rassoul, seized the opportunity to congratulate the Moroccan initiative to invite executives from several sub-Saharan countries, including Chad, adding that the participation of Sub-Saharan nationals in this training demonstrates the solidity of the ties between Morocco and the countries of Africa and the strength of the bilateral cooperation relations that unite them.
In the concluding remarks, it was noted that this training was very interesting and fruitful, and consolidated the achievements of the diplomats, boosting their knowledge in the field of diplomacy in and enabling them to bring the acquired experience back their own country.