Mr. Ahmed Mtengwa Burhan: Head of the Department of Economic Diplomacy



    The department's background


    The department of Economic Diplomacy (DED) has been established to cater for the economic development of Tanzania and other developing countries. The course aims at promoting economic productivity and competitiveness in the developing countries by attracting investments and creating a favourable trade in the world. Economic Diplomacy involves the use of diplomacy in the development of knowledge and skills among diplomsts, government officials, business communities and the private sectors in international business negotiations, international trade and investment promotion. Economic diplomacy has increasingly become an important phrase and practice in international relations. The globaization process has increased need for economic development due to the increasing demand for improving standards of living and fighting against poverty. Economic development has in such a situation become a world-wide panacea.

    Training in Economic Diplomacy is necessitated by the tremendous economic changes and challenges facing the world. Globalization and economic competitiveness have become part of the new world order. Over the past two decades, the world has increasingly become a global village of nations. The people of the world and nations have, since the end of the cold war been concerned with problems of poverty and peace. The post-1990s realities have forced the the national leaders and governments to work together towards realizing the new millennium development goals. These have forced the govrnments to work together with the private sector and also to pursue economic diplomacy more than the traditional politics-oriented diplomacy for the betteerment of their nations and world citizens. It is therefore of a stratigic value for Tanzania to develop capacity in training its nationals in the theory and practice of economic diplomacy. The postgraduate training in Economic Diplimacy seeks to address this strategic goal. It equips trainees with knowledge and skills to quickly respond to global economic challenges such as International Relations and Diplomacy, International business, Business negotiations, Trade and Investment promotion.

    Oveall objectives

    The objective of this programme is to strengthen the skills of the Foreign Service corps, business communities and related stake-holders in Economic Diplomacy so as to enable them handle competitively and skillfully the necessary international economic, business, trade and investment transactions.

    Specific objectives

    • To equip students with the fundamentals of Economic Diplomacy and its basic tools
    • To equip students with the practice of Economic Diplomacy

    Programmes offered

    The department offers regular, non-regular and short courses for its clients.

    Regular programmes offered are:

    Postgraduate diploma in Economic Diplomacy

    The programme aims at enabling graduates to acquire higher knowledge and skills in Economic Diplomacy and apply them in work places. Graduates are trained to handle complex and newly emerging issues related to international Relations and Diplomacy, International business, Business negotiations, Trade and Investment Promotions

    Structure of the Course

    This is a twelve month programme consisting of three semesters of classroom teaching and research paper writing. The classroom teaching is done consecutively in the first and second semesters. The third semester is devoted to research paper writing.

    Semester One

    Compulsory Courses

    ED 302 Economic Diplomacy

    ED 303 International Economics

    ED 307 International Business Management and Strategies

    ED 300 Research methodology

    CS 300 Communication skills

    IR 302 Development of Diplomacy and Consular Practices

    Elective Couses

    Students are supposed to choose one of the following foreign languages:

    FL 300 Arabic Beginners I

    FL 302 French Beginners I

    FL 3O5 Spanish Beginners I

    FL 306 Portuguese Beginners I

    Semester Two

    ED 308 International Business Negotiations

    ED 306 Human Resource Management and Leadership skills

    ED 304 International Trade and Invesstment Strategies

    ED 301 Regional Economic Integration

    IR 310 Tanzania Foreign Policy

    SS 302 Tanzania National Vision in the 21st Centrury

    Elective courses

    Students are supposed to choose one of the following Foreign languages

    FL 301 A rabic beginners II

    FL 312 French beginners II

    FL 315 Spanish beginners II

    FL 313 Portuguese biginners II

    Semester Three

    Compulsory courses

    Resarch Paper

    Other Courses Offered by the Department of Economic Diplomacy

    The department also offer couses which support other programmes at the Centre. These courses include:

    Courses offered at Certificate level (NTA Level 4)

    EDT04 105 Basics of Economics

    Courses offered at Ordinary Diploma level (NTA Level 5)

    ED05 107 Principles of Economics

    EDT05 208 Regional Economic Integration

    EDT05 211 Business and Computer Skills

    Courses offered at an Ordinary Diploma level (NTA Level 6)

    EDT06 105 Business Management and Management Practice

    • Non-regiular and short courses offered
    • Commercial Diplomacy (for one week)
    • Entrepreneurship (for one week)
    • Scholarly writing and publishing of a Scientific Paper (for one week)
    • International Business Negotiation (for one week)
    • Management of International Business (for one week)'




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