Once again this year, the MFA is taking part in the Public Administration Forum, now in its 23rd edition. The event will be held at Rome’s Trade Fair Centre, the Nuova Fiera di Roma, from 16 to 19 May 2012 and will be dedicated to government networks and how to use them to best effect.
Expanding and improving services
As in previous editions of Forum PA, the MFA will have its own stand. Here, its principal initiatives in the fields of technological innovation and working methods will be presented, along with initiatives to expand and improve services to users. Thursday 17 May will see a seminar organised by the MFA on “Globalisation and the Promotion of Human Rights: the new technologies and the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
The MFA’s initiatives include the new MF@-Cloud IT platform. This will enable access to various services, from online “booking offices” for consular services to the Crisis Unit’s “Safe Travelling” portal. Users will also be able to obtain information through the platform, with the Ministry benefiting from lower running costs, rationalisation of resources and a focus on energy sustainability.
The MFA at Forum PA – Programme
(Rome, 16-19 May 2012)
Wednesday 16 May “Innovation at the MFA”
h. 11.00 Video screening and presentation on the work of the Crisis Unit for the European Football Championship 2012 (organised by the Crisis Unit)
h. 12.00 Presentation on initiatives to promote integrity and transparency. ZOOPPA video and graphics award (organised by the Secretariat General – Crisis Unit)
h. 15.00 Video screening and presentation on Remote Consular Services (organised by the Directorate General for Management and Information and Communications Technology)
15.30 Video screening and presentation of the “Green Farnesina – Photovoltaic” project (organised by the Directorate General for Management and Information and Communications Technology)
h. 16.00 Presentation on the CFSP/CSDP Portal (organised by the Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security)
Thursday 17 May “The MFA and Training”
Morning: Seminar on “Globalisation and the Promotion of Human Rights: the new technologies and the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”
12.00 The diplomatic service and other careers in the MFA (organised by the Directorate General for Human Resources, Budget and Innovation)
15.00 The MFA’s scholarship programme and the internationalisation of the university system (organised by the Directorate General for Country Promotion)
16.00 The ISDI’s training programmes and the MFA-Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) programme (organised by the Diplomatic Institute)
Friday 18 May “The MFA: Cooperation and Emergencies”
10.00/18.00 Conference on the 2nd National Conference on the G-Cloud: the MFA Cloud Project (organised by the Directorate General for Management and Information and Communications Technology)
Workshops (organised by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation – DGDC):
h. 10.00 Screening of the “NO GAME” documentary and presentation on the humanitarian demining work in Afghanistan
h. 11.00 Screening of the “African Women” documentary and presentation on initiative for the Nobel Peace Prize for African Women
h. 12.00 Presentation on “CinemArena” initiative
h. 15.00 Presentation on the work of the Iraq Task Force
h. 16.00 Presentation on DGDC best practice on the standardisation of emergency initiatives
h. 18.00 Presentation on the “Agricultural supply chains in Oromia” programme in Ethiopia
Saturday 19 May “A round-up of activities”
from 11.00 Screening of films from the previous workshops and CinemArena films dedicated this year to the “Travelling Cinema Caravan” project, which produced videos in a number of African countries (Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda).