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YOUNG URUGUAYAN POLITICIANS HIGHLIGHT EXCELLENCY OF US EXCHANGE PROGRAM

July 16, 2004

 

The group of young Uruguayan politicians who recently participated in the US Exchange Program of the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) spoke highly about it. They evaluated this as a top level, political training program, which gave them the opportunity to interact directly with US political representatives.

The group traveled to the United States last May to participate in a two-week Exchange Program of the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

The Uruguayan delegation included Municipality Council Member from Colonia, Nibia Reich, Pedro Rodríguez Vidal of the Colorado Party, Pablo Ferrer and Jorge Morandeira of the Encuentro Progresista/Frente Amplio, and Sebastián Ferrero and Eduardo Jaime of the Blanco Party.

Upon their return they all commented highly on the program, which included meetings with prominent representatives of American politics from the US Department of State, members of the US Congress and US officials at state level. They also visited Washington D.C., Indianapolis (Indiana), Nashville, and Memphis (Tennessee).

Their extensive agenda included observation and performance study of government and policy issues with representatives from the Democratic and Republican Parties, and with political advisors as well. They also visited several public and private sector institutions.

During their tour the Uruguayan delegation had the opportunity to discuss important topics related with Uruguay such as Mercosur, regional integration, US perception of the region and agricultural subsidies.

The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) is a bipartisan, non-profit educational exchange organization dedicated to fostering relations between the next generation of political leaders in the United States and their counterparts around the world. Its practical education programs include international exchanges, foreign policy and democracy conferences and election study programs. Since its founding in 1966 emerging leaders from over ninety countries have participated in ACYPL programs

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