The Institute for Diplomatic Studies has terminated its foreign training program in Geneva, Switzerland. The program, which lasted for five days, included 24 members from the 34th class of Diplomatic Attachés, and was held under the supervision of the Institute Director, Dr. Walid Mahmoud Abdel Naser.
The newly recruited Diplomatic Attachés, now being trained in the Institute, have benefited a lot from the valuable lectures given to them in the international organizations and specialized agencies based in Geneva. These specialized lectures were delivered by a group of experts in these international bodies namely: the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs, High Commissioner for Human Rights, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Institute for International Studies. The Attachés also attended a workshop organized by the DIPLO Institution for training diplomats, in cooperation with the Institute for International Studies in Geneva University concerning the integration between the diplomatic and the academic fields, while focusing on the negotiation pattern, and the topic of dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions. During the symposium, Professor of the science of negotiations at the University of Krenkendel in The Hague, Netherlands, Paul Mirrets, Director of the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, Dr. Walid Mahmoud Abdel-Naser, and Director of DIPLO Institution Dr. Youvan gave lectures.
On the sidelines of the training course, an memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Institute of Diplomatic Studies and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Dr. Abdel-Naser signed the memorandum on behalf of the Egyptian side, whereas WIPO Director General Prof. Dr. Kamel Idris signed on behalf of the WIPO. The MOU states that an annual workshop is to be organized for three days to tackle the intellectual property issues at the Institute premises in Cairo in which a number of specialized Egyptian and foreign experts will deliver theoretical and practical lectures to guarantee that the newly recruited Egyptian diplomats will be well qualified in issues related to the international intellectual property and will have sufficient knowledge about the technical details of the international agreements related to this field. The workshop will also be open for diplomats in the other Foreign Ministry sectors concerned with this issue, as well as to other governmental and non-governmental bodies, in addition to university professors concerned with the intellectual property issues. The MOU also states that officials from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and other concerned parties should pay an annual research visit to the WIPO in Geneva to discuss the present and the future of cooperation between Egypt and the organization in this field. The Foreign Minister is to form the Egyptian delegation participating in this visit, which will be presided by the Director of the Diplomatic Institute. Finally, the MOU states that the WIPO will utilize the accumulated expertise of the Egyptian Institute For Diplomatic Studies in training Arab, African, and European diplomatic cadres to prepare regional and local training programs for diplomats from Arab, African, and Mediterranean countries concerned with the intellectual property issue. This is the second MOU to be signed between the Institute and the international organization this year. The first was signed by Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Mr. Supachai, in February 2007. These two MOUs are the first of their kind in the history of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies to be signed with an international organization.