Posted by : Posted on : 07-Oct-2019

Emerging leaders can participate in the U.S IVLP Program

According to a news item released today, Monday, by the SIBC, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Chad Morris, told SIBC News, that emerging leaders and mid-career professionals in Solomon Islands can be part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) next year.

Quoting from the SIBC news bulletin, it said:

The Department of State’s premier professional exchange program encourage short-term visits to the United States, involving current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to experience the U.S. firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

IVLP looks at a variety of different areas.

“The International Visitor Leadership Program is the State Department’s flagship exchange program. It has been around for more than 50 years and we’ve been identifying future leaders from all over the world and bring them to the U.S. for about three weeks each time.

“The programs focused on a variety of different areas, justice, journalism, our political system, things like how we develop foreign policy, education, a whole variety of topics, good governance, transparency, etc.

“He (Mr. Morris) says anyone is eligible for the program. “For the program we typically identify people who are starting out in their careers or people who have shown something interesting, promising in what they’re doing that we feel going to the U.S. and getting a look inside of how we operate that particular system, whether it’s the justice system or the education system would help them when they come back to Solomon Islands to take some of the lessons that they’ve learned.”

It’s not that we want people to do everything in the way that the United States does it but it’s an opportunity for people to see how we do things and to think about how those practices might be adapted to their own country”.

“A number of Solomon Islanders have been the beneficiary of the program in the past.”

Source: SIBC.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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