Saturday, 21 April 2012

My Field Trip to Nagoya City and Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Australian traditional dance

After having finished exams and independent study, all Young Leader Programme (YLP) students and I felt relief and totally enjoyed with this excellent field trip (July 30 - August 1, 2010) to Nagoya city and Gifu prefecture where we had the opportunity to visit heavy industrial bases such as Toyota factory, beautiful scenery and local culture . Every place that I visited is unique and excellent. This field trip gives me a new thinking of development that has balance between economy, and nature & culture. Not like the first field trip to Kumamoto prefecture in January 2010, I can say that this trip is unique and interactive with the local community. For example, we visited an underground sewage construction site. Furthermore, we learned and joined the Gujo dance with the local residents and also played and danced with the elementary school kids. Hence, I really understand the importance of development of local community and contribution to social development in general.  

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

How To Be a Smart Diplomat?

US's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Opening Ceremony of 20th ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh on 3 April 2012

Patience, tact and good cross-cultural skills are often mentioned as important qualities to be an effective diplomat. However, much more than that is needed.

In the first place, a good diplomat has to be an effective ‘net-worker’. He or she has to have the ability to develop good relations with the various officials and opinion-makers in the country of accreditation who can affect relations with his or her country. For an ambassador, this requires not only developing contacts at the highest levels of government but also ensuring good relations with senators and with influential journalists and media owners.