The Annual report of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign trade and Development Cooperation takes a look at the changes in 2016

The Annual report on the events in 2016 of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign trade and Development Cooperation gives an insight into the changes in Belgium, the world and our own department. According to Secretary-General Dirk Achten, the FPS quickly adapts whenever necessary but remains faithful to the principles and values that our country has been defending and promoting for decades. 

2016 was a year with possibly the most significant changes since the end of the Second World War. Some certainties have collapsed. The outlines of what will serve as a replacement remain ambiguous. For 70 years, diplomats have been working on conventions which are now being challenged by world leaders. “Our department is concerned with the search for new anchor points. Therefore, the role of Belgium and Europe can and must also evolve” says Secretary-Genera Dirk Achten.
 
The FPS keeps close track of the changes and adjusts quickly to them, whenever necessary. Simultaneously, our department remains faithful to the principles and values that our country has been defending and promoting for decades. To this end, it takes into consideration the changing communication context. Diplomacy in the 21st century must naturally adjust to the new digital technologies. The FPS will further invest in new forms of communication in the coming years. The annual report in a new and shorter format is a good example of it. Furthermore, a lot of attention will be given to public diplomacy and social media, but the FPS is also investing in better internal communication.

The annual report is available in  Dutch (PDF, 1.69 MB) and  French (PDF, 1.64 MB).