FSI Director Carlos D. Sorreta participated in the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT) on 23-26 September 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa.  The Philippine Delegation was headed by OMEAA Assistant Secretary Julius D. Torres.  This year’s meeting was hosted by South Africa’s Diplomatic Academy of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
During the meeting, the participants exchanged views on recent developments in diplomatic training as well as possible areas for cooperation.  Aside from briefing the meeting recent innovations in FSI’s training and research, FSI Director Sorreta also presented FSI’s foreign diplomat training program.
The International Forum on Diplomatic Training [IFDT] was established in 1972, as a yearly Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations, at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Its co-chairs are the Director of that Academy and the Director of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC. This group meets alternately in Vienna and in other countries, at the invitation of the Diplomatic Academy or Institute of International Relations in that country. The Forum is an informal gathering of Deans and Directors devoted to the discussion of issues of modern diplomacy and trends in diplomatic education.  Next year’s meeting will be held in Warsaw, Poland.