Seeking to learn more about the topic of GMOs and Humanitarian Aid, a delegation of high level health, agriculture and policy experts from Sudan visited the World Affairs Council of St. Louis July 12-14. During their visit, the delegation met with experts on the topic from the US Agency for International Development, Monsanto, Kansas State University’s Department of Agriculture and the National Corn Growers Association.
Mr. Ismail Ahmed Elkamesh Ismail, Director, Environmental Health and Food Control Administration
Mr. Asim Fadl Abu Sarra Ahmed, Executive Director, National Biosafety Council
Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Adammahmoud,Commissioner, Humanitarian Aid Commission
Mr. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Sokrab, Director General, Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization
Ms. Tahani Yousif Elagib Omar, Director, Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Center
The visit was part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The U.S. State Department annually brings about 4,000 “high-potential” middle managers from around the world for a three week program to the United States.
They are selected by U.S. Embassies abroad and represent all disciplines, i.e., business entrepreneurs, academics, journalism, law enforcement, medicine, engineering, agriculture and government. During their first week they are introduced to the workings of Washington, D.C.; then they exchange ideas, practices and challenges with their selected professional U.S. counterparts in two or three locations across the States for 2-3 days each.
The World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts about 250 of these foreign citizen ambassadors in groups of one to fifteen per year. Among IVLP’s alumni are 192 current and former heads of state including former Prime Minister Tony Blair of England, former President F.W. de Klerk of South Africa, and the late President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat.
The IVLP allows the visitors to see grassroots America at work, in schools and in the community. The American host has an unequaled opportunity to enrich his/her knowledge of the visitor’s homeland, form a new friendship and to continue exchanging ideas even after the visit is concluded