Ambassadors’ conference focuses on modernising diplomacy
A conference for Dutch ambassadors is being held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Monday 14 January to Thursday 17 January. Today, the third day of the conference, was filled with productive discussion about the future of diplomacy. It is vital for the Ministry to adapt to the changing world in which it operates.
The importance of having a modern and professional diplomatic service was highlighted by Prime Minister Mark Rutte in his opening speech. ‘Foreign policy is more important now than ever before,’ he said. He noted that embassies and consulates – the direct links between the Netherlands and the rest of the world – play a prime role in opening up new markets.
Today, the ambassadors and consuls-general discussed the future of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the next few years, many embassies will be reduced in size and will work more flexibly. The scope for working more closely with other countries, for instance by sharing embassy buildings, is currently being considered.
After the Wednesday management workshops on the future of the Ministry, Thursday’s activities will entail theme-based sessions. The key themes will include trade, culture, consular affairs, development cooperation and security.