I feel lucky to have had the chance to join the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that connects current and emerging international leaders with their American counterparts. The theme of the program was “Entrepreneurship Advocacy”. The program was a designed brilliantly, implemented meticulously, and proved very inspiring. I have been immensely motivated to be a part of such grand endeavors. I am all praise for the wondrous treatment meted out to me by the Pakistani and Washington teams alike. It is such a beautiful fraternity that my unconscious desires have always been aspiring for.
The program was scheduled for Washington, D.C., Boston-Massachusetts, Las Vegas-Nevada, Kansas-Missouri and Atlanta-Georgia. Visiting each city was like entering a new country. It was amazing. It allows us to learn faster, reach farther, work better, dream bigger, and live longer. When you’re exposed to different ways of doing things, it changes the way you think. Special Thanks to US Consulate General Lahore for such a great opportunity.
The program seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and people of other countries through carefully designed visits reflecting the visitor’s professional interests. The American embassy selects the participants from over 120 countries to meet with their professional counterparts, and to experience U.S. Politics, Society and Cultural firsthand.
The objective of the program was to examine how public policy influences entrepreneurship in the United States at the local, state and federal government levels; to analyze best practices in advocating for economic reforms that encourage business development and entrepreneurship; to explore business opportunities created by the use of new technologies and the expansion of the global marketplace; to meet with U.S. professional groups who promote entrepreneurship such as government leaders, Chambers of Commerce, entrepreneur-focused lobbying groups, NGOs and public-private partnerships; and to explore mentorship and venture capital funding opportunities with the Pakistani-American diaspora community.
The program was administered by “The Institute of International Education” from March 18 – April 5, 2013. IIE has organized different levels of meetings and briefings for our team. We really had interactive and informative meetings with diplomats, professors, Individuals, officials from State Department, NGO’s representatives. We had wonderful home hospitality and other social nights which offered us the platform to network with Americans.
I learnt a lot from the program with regards to entrepreneurship advocacy in US. I wish to thank and acknowledge US Department of State, for selecting me to be part of this international program.
I aim to contribute, connect and inspire the youth and will promote and spur entrepreneurship around the community.
with Mr. Carlos E Aranaga
Program Officer at IIE, Washington DC.
Went to U.S. Botanic Garden during winter. Beautiful, blooming tulips; exotic essences; ornamental orchids; fragrant florals -- all for free! A very well organized and Wonderful little green treasure.