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"Economic education" training in January


The Diplomatic Academy’s economic training course took place at the end of January 2013. This training programme has become an integral part of the continuing education of Czech diplomats. The course was designed to raise awareness about how the economy functions, and increase knowledge about the activities of Czech companies, exporters and the available avenues of state support. A focus was placed on the development of the economic diplomacy in the current global economy and strengthening of the competitiveness of the Czech economy.

The course was run as a joint project between the Diplomatic Academy and the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Department for bilateral economic relations. The lecturers were leading experts from universities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other Czech ministries, representatives from Czech Trade, Investment and Innovation Support, and local exporters. Among guest speakers were: professor Hana Machková, from the University of Economics, Prague, Radek Špicar, the Deputy Chairman for Economic Policy of the Union of Industry and Traffic in the Czech Republic, Ivan Jukl, Director GeneralChief Executive of the Economic Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pavel Kohout Director of Partners’ Strategy and many other economic experts from Czech Trade, Czech Invest, EGAP and the Czech Export Bank.

The course was designed primarily for diplomats, who are assuming economic roles at Czech embassies abroad, and for the junior diplomats who are just starting their careers.

The economic education training course was opened by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tomáš Dub. He stressed the importance of economic diplomacy and the need for diplomats to be more assertive and supportive of Czech exporters and businesses in international markets.