US delegation visit DCM during exchange programme
KUCHING: A delegation consisting seven representatives from the United States of America visited Kuching Friday Dec 13 as part of an exchange programme organised by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) to the Philippines and Malaysia from Dec 13 to 20.
According to Matt Summy, head of the delegation, who is also the Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast, their visit aims to foster a better relationship with Malaysia as well as to explore and learn about its various political, social, cultural, education and economic aspects.
He said this during their courtesy visit to the Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Dec 13.
The delegates expressed strong interest in Sarawak addressing a range of issues such as poverty extermination and sustainable agricultural practices.
“We hoped that this visit will provide useful experience and knowledge to these seven representatives about Sarawak and that cultural diversity exists in the state,” Jabu added during a press conference held to welcome their visit.
ACYPL is a non-partisan, non profit-organisation internationally-recognised as the pre-eminent catalyst for introducing rising political and policy leaders to international affairs, public diplomacy, and to each other. Delegations comprise seven to 10 young political leaders, aged 25 to 40.
Organised by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) vice-president, external and government relations Comcast, the delegates who comprised vice president of government affairs, eFedSystems Corporation Nicolee Ambrose, a member of Wisconsin State Assembly Mandela Barnes, a member of Oklahoma State Senate Nathan Dahm, public policy and government relations analyst, Google incorporation Sarah Fisher, chief of staff, office of the Kansas senate vice-president Katie Koupal, and Schale Communications president Steve Schale, were led by Summy.
The exchange programme is designed to expose young political leaders to policy and decision making processes and governing and political dynamics around the world, and each of the programmes provides a forum for divergent groups to explore common concerns and points of difference, in terms of the political, economic, cultural and geographic diversities conducted around 25-30 countries and territories around the world.
Their visit here includes places of interest such as the Sarawak Cultural Village and Sarawak Museum and ends Dec 16. Thereafter they will return to Kuala Lumpur on Monday for more meetings, networking and cultural activities before returning to the US on Jan 2.