ACCORD's Executive Director was invited to be a resource person at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s diplomatic training, research and analysis conference hosted by DIRCO in Pretoria from 05-06 November 2009. The theme for the conference was “Closing the Gap Between Domestic and Foreign Policies”.
The conference presented an opportunity to exchange ideas and address emerging issues and scenarios around South Africa’s Domestic and Foreign Policy.
Mr. Gounden was asked to Chair the session that explored the issue of Soft vs Hard Power. ACCORD has conducted trainings at the South African Foreign Service Training Institute since 1995, for both cadets and Heads of Missions.