The Maltese-Swiss DiploFoundation and the Istituto Diplomatico of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs havejoined forces in developing an innovative approach to diplomatic training.

The first year of this Italo-Maltese cooperation was celebrated with an event at the Italian Embassy, during which Italian Ambassador Giovanni Umberto de Vito presented a €10,000 cheque to Victor Camilleri, president of the DiploFoundation board, as part of the Italian contribution to the Webinar initiative.

Monthly online tutorials have been organised, during which challenges of diplomacy in the internet era were discussed in seminar format, hosted by a leading expert on a particular topic.

Every month, a special host leads an online discussion on one of the most pressing topics, particularly those related to internet governance.

After the seminar, podcasts and digests allow those who could not attend to listen to the discussion and read about the main issues that were debated.

Over the course of the year the DiploFoundation and the Istituto Diplomatico have delivered more than 10 of these online seminars, known as Webinars, covering a wide range of issues from e-diplomacy to cybersecurity and big data.

These Webinars are seen as a practical, just-in-time and cost-effective way of providing on-the-job training in diplomacy. Participation is open to officials of the EEAS and other EU member states.

Attending the event were Ambassador Saviour Borg, member of the DiploFound-ation board, and DiploFoun-dation co-founder Alex Sceberras Trigona.

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