This project will bring together working level staff from Africa's regional economic organizations, professionals from national trade ministries, investment promotion agencies and customs services as well as large scale business leaders from the trading bloc membership countries. They will review the best practices in facilitating the flow of goods, supporting regional integration and implementation of trade agreements in the U.S.
Delegates from Vietnam will learn about Kansas City's Smart City Initiative and how its local government has made it one of the world's most connect cities. They will learn about community participation and partnerships and how leadership has enabled Kansas City to spearhead city-wide innovation and digital connection.
Seven activists and professionals from China will visit Kansas City to learn about LGBTQ law and policy. They will visit with local activists, non-profits, and others to gain greater insight into how such resources provide support to individuals in the Midwest.
Six professionals from China are traveling across the U.S. and passing through Kansas City to examine production of agriculture statistics and how information is collected. They will learn how access to data can help increase productivity and economic growth.
Five visitors from Bangladesh will spend the holidays in Kansas City to visit local non-profits and government entities. They will learn about resources provided to victims of gender based violence as well as legal aid offered. These delegates will have the opportunity to experience a Thanksgiving meal with home hospitality hosts.
Entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan will learn about federal, state and local government policies that support small business development. They will examine the role of NGO grassroots organizations in empowering small businesses as well as innovation.
Visitors from Ukraine will explore the working relationships between policymakers, healthcare, universities, and advocacy groups with the LGBTI community. They will visit non-profits, grassroots organizations, and local government entitites.
Eight visitors from Pakistan from a variety of federal and economic backgrounds will visit Kansas City to learn about work with customs and taxation regulations. They will examine the best methods of attracting business to a region and what the government can do to make investing more attractive.
Visitors from Brunei, Cyprus, Mexico, Namibia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, and Tunisia will examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States. More specifically, they will learn about the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society as they raise awareness of issues of social concern on illegal, irregular, or abusive action on behalf of government, politicians, criminals, or corporations.
Eight education professionals will visit Kansas City to explore successful internationalization initiatives at higher education institutions. They will develop stronger partnerships that lead to more Paraguayan students choosing U.S. schools for degree study and increase the amount of research and teaching between Paraguay and the U.S.
Five visitors from Belarus will examine the decentralized and self-regulating nature of U.S. federalism and how it promotes transparency at all levels of government. They will explore the active role of citizens, media, and civil society in fostering transparency and accountability in government.
Ten visitors from Tunisia will come together in Kansas City to learn about accountability in government and transparency. They will visit local government entities, non-profits, and grassroots initiatives that work to hold one another accountable and keep citizens informed of government actions.
Delegates from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, and Serbia will be making their way through the Midwest to learn about U.S. energy policy, alternative energy sources, infrastructure, and effective strategies for ensuring energy security. They will visit wind farms, meet with local activists, and more.
Six delegates from Argentina have been invited to the United States and Kansas City to examine the impact of the U.S. labor movement on domestic and international economic, labor and trade policies. These professionals will also observe the role of U.S. organized labor in the political, economic, and social systems at the federal, state and local level. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity.
One delegate from Poland will visit Kansas City to learn about the U.S. higher education system. She will visit various universities in the Kansas City metropolitan area to examine how these institutions manage administration, accreditation, endowments, financial assistance, student support services, advising, and international exchange programs. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity.
These seven delegates from Nepal will be traveling across the United States and making a stop in Kansas City to learn about state-of-the-art museums. While in Kansas City, they will examine the best practices of operating and managing a museum and important heritage sites. They will also learn about practices in emergency preparedness of museums.
Five Russian and one Belarusian community and religious leaders will meet with local non profits, shelters, advocacy services, and churches in Kansas City to examine strategies for outreach to religious and non-religious individuals. They will study the role of U.S. faith leaders as community advocates and opinion-shapers.
This multi-regional delegation will consist of entrepreneurs from Bolivia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, and Russia. They will spend 6 days exploring Kansas City's entrepreneurial ecosystem. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity.
Professionals from Haiti, India, Liberia, Moldova, Thailand, and Tunisia will explore the intersectionality of the challenges facing women, both on a national and international level, focusing on the work of NGOs addressing the empowerment of women. They will examine approaches to advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and sustainability by meeting with government, business, religious organizations, nonprofits, and academic entities. A home hospitality visit will also be organized.
Delegates from Brazil will visit the United States to learn about design and finance programs to construct new infrastructure projects and upgrade existing infrastructure across the country. They will focus on planning., development, and execution for railway, highway, waterway, and airport infrastructure projects. A home hospitality visit will also be organized.
Five delegates from Kazakhstan will identify the best practices in developing ideas and industries linked to trade, economic development, and attracting investment. They will explore how venture capitalists and entrepreneurs identify viable projects and see them to fruition.
Security professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, and Poland will spend four days in Kansas City to examine the U.S. security policy-making process and perspectives on global issues. Through a variety of meetings, participants will explore specific security issues such as regional conflicts, weapons proliferation, energy security, homeland security, international terrorism, and the use of preventive diplomacy to address these challenges. A home hospitality visit will also be organized.
Female entrepreneurs from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela will visit Kansas City to learn about the role of NGOs and grassroots organizations in supporting the development of women-owned businesses. Through a variety of meetings, this delegation of women entrepreneurs will examine the social, political, and economic factors that encourage the development of female entrepreneurship in the United States.
Professionals from Canada will spend four days in Kansas City in order to explore American counter trafficking organizations and their various methods of follow-up care for human trafficking survivors. The delegation will meet with law enforcement specialists, civil service employees, NGOs and disability advocacy groups.
Legal professionals from China will visit Kansas City to examine judicial independence, the federal court system, and the structure of state and municipal courts. Through meetings with local organizations and professionals, they will develop an understanding of current legal trends in the United States.
Emergency response professionals from Ukraine will meet with key officials in Kansas City, Salina, and Topeka to learn about U.S. practices in declaring and addressing emergency situations. They will also examine the partnership of law enforcement, first responders, and civil society organizations when addressing emergency situations.
Women from the Czech Republic, Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, and Turkey will travel to Kansas City to learn about the U.S. political system and the participation of women leaders at the local, state, and national levels. They will meet with influential figures in the political sector as well as organizations that are shaping political dialogue.
Agriculture professionals and professors from Kazakhstan will meet with government and agriculture agencies at the end of May. Did you know that Kazakhstan's agriculture is very similar to that of Kansas and Missouri? Kazakhstan's largest crop is wheat and is the sixth largest wheat producer in the world. It also grows barley, cotton, sunflowers, and rice.
Military and Security officials from Argentina, Austria, Kenya, Macedonia, the Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, and Thailand will be traveling to Kansas City this April. These officials are part of a U.S. Department of State initiative which brings in more than 100 judicial, law enforcement, and security officials from 60 different countries.
This program provides an understanding of the American criminal justice system and the legal framework for combating a range of transnational crimes. Delegates will identify ways in which American policy makers and law enforcement agencies collaborate with global partners to counter transnational crimes and will address issues that uphold the security and civil liberties in a democratic society.
There will be a community event on Monday, May 1st where you can speak with these delegates. Get your tickets here.
Delegates from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru will be in Kansas City to learn about efforts that help the growth of small businesses.
Delegates will visit universities and banks to gain a better understanding of entrepreneurial innovation, venture capital entities, and innovative financial tools. They will also have the opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs.
Delegates from Albania, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Mexico, China, and Poland will review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States. They will examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism as well as explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy.