New Partnership To Boost Diplomats’ Tech Skills

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Two state-owned institutes this week agreed to work together to train local diplomats in skills related to information and communications technology (ICT).

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The National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR) and the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technology (NIPTICT) signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop ICT training programmes for officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The signing ceremony was presided over by Prak Sokhonn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Chhiv Yiseang, Under Secretary of State of the ministry, said the partnership will help diplomats become more efficient at their jobs by enhancing their ICT capabilities, according to state-owned media AKP.

“It is essential for diplomats to possess developed IT skills, including the use of internet, email, smartphone applications and social media platforms.

“Diplomats and civil servants need to be aware of the importance of these technologies to advance in their careers. We need to feel comfortable using all the modern technologies at our disposal, including e-commerce platforms,” he said.

As part of the agreement, an online training programme will be created that diplomats stationed around the world can access.

“This allows us to save resources and time. We cannot invite diplomatic representatives for the training when they are living abroad,” he said, adding that the institutes will eventually extend their cooperation to the field of cybersecurity.

This article was originally published in the Khmer Times.