Caribbean Citizens Benefit from U.S. Embassy Sponsored International Visitor Leadership Programme

In the past few months multiple Caribbean citizens have benefited from U.S. sponsored educational and leadership programs. Two of these recent participants are Ronald Maginley from Antigua and Cherianna Philip of St. Lucia.

Both professionals are fellows of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Maginley, a political advisor in Antigua will participate in a program on “U.S. Trade Policy” along with 24 other candidates from around the world from July 11 – 29, 2011. Cherianna Philip, Nursing Director at St. Jude’s Hospital of St. Lucia is participating in an education program from July 25 – August 12 entitled “Public Health Issues in the U.S.”
Both participants met with Charge D’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Mr. Christopher Sandrolini before they departed.

Cherianna Philip and CDA Sandrolini; The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn from how U.S. experts in this profession operate, and to share best practices with the other program fellows who hail from the same region and across the globe.

Mr. Maginley and other participants on the “U.S. Trade Policy” program will review the U.S. economic system and the domestic economic forces that influence the U.S. trade policy and the policy making process. Maginley and his fellow participants will meet with trade experts, manufacturing personnel and union officials in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, California, and New York City to discuss issues such as the examination of current federal, state, and local initiatives in international trade and export promotion.

The program also examines the role of the U.S. in international trade and the impact of international trade agreements on U.S. business, economy, and trade relations.

Ronald Maginley with the U.S. Embassy's Charge D'Affaires; Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Over 4,000 IVLP fellows come to the United States from all over the world each year. Since its inception in 1940, thousands of distinguished individuals have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program, including more than 290 current and former Chiefs of State and Heads of Government, thousands of cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.

Ms. Philip’s program and the program participants will also visit the National Institutes of Health, which focus on research. Since health is so closely related to what we eat, the group will also visit the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees the food supply in the U.S. This program will strengthen health care delivery systems in the home countries of each participant to address such chronic diseases.

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