U.S. Embassy celebrates 75th anniversary of International Visitors Leadership Program

The Embassy of the United States in Bucharest celebrates the 75th anniversary of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), an initiative of the US Government promoting mutual knowledge through personal and professional communication, the Embassy reported in a press statement released on Wednesday.

IVLP is said to be a premier program for professional exchanges of the US Department of State. It was establish in 1940, when Nelson Rockefeller launched a project for exchanges of persons with Latin America.

The first Romanian to reach the US under IVLP was recorded in 1960. Since then, more than 1,500 have followed as members of the community of international visitors made up of respected professionals from all fields of business, including pedagogues, journalists, law experts, artists, NGO leaders and local activists, members of the clergy and other leading public figures of Romania, reads the statement.

Among the themes prioritized by the program, the embassy mentions the rule of law and responsibilities of state organizations, human rights, empowering underprivileged categories, entrepreneurship, law enforcement and civic engagement of the youth.

US charge d’affaires in Bucharest Dean Thompson is quoted in the statement as saying the International Visitors Leadership program is an important part of the US Government’s policies and efforts to develop relations all over the world. It is our strong and firm belief that increased mutual knowledge and understanding could help us develop increasingly more close relationships, he says.

IVLP promotes learning new things, sharing knowledge and developing professional networks, according to the Embassy.

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