Attended by officials from various departments of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the event aimed to provide in-depth knowledge and foster discussions on digital diplomacy.
The workshop featured presentations by General Sir Richard Barrons, TBI Senior Advisor, and Dr. Emman El-Badawy, TBI Director for Peace, Security, and Foreign Policy.
In his Opening Remarks, Dr. Vu Le Thai Hoang, Director-General of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, emphasized the profound significance of integrating technology into diplomatic practices. His remarks highlighted the relevance of technology and digital diplomacy for Vietnam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, setting the tone for the workshop.
The event not only provided valuable insights for diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but also served as a platform for fruitful discussions among speakers and participants. The discussions delved into various aspects of digital diplomacy, offering a comprehensive understanding of how technology has transformed modern-day diplomacy. Additionally, the workshop explored the opportunities and challenges that digital diplomacy presents, addressing the practical aspects of conducting day-to-day diplomatic operations in the digital age.
Participants showed a strong interest in the practical dimensions of conducting diplomacy in the digital age. Engaging in meaningful dialogue, attendees posed questions on the role of social media and examined how developed nations leverage these platforms to enhance citizen engagement and service delivery. Furthermore, discussions explored the implications of the constantly changing political landscape, including major power competition, on the future of digital diplomacy.
The collaborative workshop between the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change marked a significant step in preparing diplomats for the digital age. By addressing both theoretical and practical aspects of digital diplomacy, the workshop laid the foundation for a more adaptive approach within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ensuring diplomats are well-equipped to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the evolving technological landscape.