Economic Diplomacy programme at the BIDTI

A training programme on Economic Diplomacy had been conducted at the BIDTI from 3rd to 8th April 2019 with the collaboration of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute (CFSI). Upon request made by the BIDTI, the Global Affairs Canada arranged the visit of Ambassador David Devine to conduct series of lectures on economic diplomacy. Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated the conduct of the training programme in three stages enabling large number of participants to benefit from the expert experience.


Ambassador Devine, a skilled negotiator has an experience over 36 years involved in negotiations for Canada in trade, free trade agreements and the World Trade Organisation Agreement.

Senior and mid-level Sri Lanka Foreign Service officers, nominees of the key stakeholders involved in promoting trade and investment attended the programme held from 3rd to 5th April 2019. Among the participants were Ambassadors designated to number of countries, nominees of the Board of Investment, Gems & Jewellery Authority, Export Development Board, Tea Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade and Dept of Commerce. On 6th April cadets of the Foreign Service and Trade Service attended an exclusive programme organized for them. Ambassador Devine also made a presentation on 8th April to participants of the 20th Diploma in Diplomacy and World Affairs course where robust discussion took place.