Over twenty-five Diplomat Trainees at the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute have concluded a three- day study tour to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County finding out about development initiatives and challenges.
They met and talked with local officials, community residents, authorities at the Bassa Community College and community radio operators.
The study tour is part of the Institute’s training program giving trainees the opportunity to know more about their country.
During the tour the Diplomat Trainees visited the areas that were recently affected by a heavy rain storm; the market and other areas.
Accompanied by two of their instructors, the Diplomat Trainees were eagerly asking questions about the basic livelihood of Buchanan residents, the impact of a paved road to the county and the difference the setting up of a Community College has had on the people of Grand Bassa County especially young people.
They thanked Superintendent Etweda Cooper and her team for the hospitality and helping to set up the various meetings.
At the two community radio stations: Radio Gbezohn and Radio Magic, the Diplomat Trainees based on their study of public diplomacy, wanted to know how the two electronic media groups are projecting the aims and aspirations of the county and its people; and how they approach and handle damaged control issues.
The Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute offers courses ranging from Introduction to diplomacy and diplomatic practices, elements of international relations, public diplomacy, comparative foreign policy, economic and development diplomacy.
The Institute named after one of Liberia’s former foreign ministers, was established in 1951 as the professional training and research unit of the Foreign Ministry. It has the mandate to create a programme conducive for the exchange of ideas on the political understanding of global economic relations, cultural diversities, integration and issues of conflicts.