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SUNY Center for International Development Hosts Jordanian Delegation


U.S. State Department project includes NYS Legislature, government official meetings

ALBANY—The State University of New York Center for International Development (SUNY CID) today announced it is hosting a 14-member Jordanian delegation in the State Capital from Nov. 16 to 18 as part of the U.S. Department of State sponsored International Visitor Program.

"This delegation is interested in gaining a better understanding of the structure and process of American government, with special emphasis on the federal system and the separation of powers, as well as exploring the legislative process at all levels," said SUNY CID Director James Ketterer. SUNY CID is hosting the visit in cooperation with the International Center of the Capital Region.

The 14 members of the Parliament of Jordan will discuss ideas and best practices with Assemblyman John J. McEneny and Albany Common Council President Helen Desfosses, as well as others from New York State government, the State University and citizens' groups.

Earlier this year SUNY CID was awarded a $7.2 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help the Jordanian parliament to fulfill its important role as a key democratic institution by expanding its legislative capacity and becoming more accessible to citizens. SUNY CID staff members based in Amman, Jordan, are working with key constituent groups to strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, accountability and responsiveness of the legislative process in Jordan by helping members of parliament increase their knowledge and understanding of their representative, legislative and oversight responsibilities. The two-year project also aims to increase public outreach by the Jordanian parliament.

More than 186 current and former heads of state, 1,500 current cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the International Visitor Program, which seeks to increase mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels. The visitors, who are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education and other fields, are selected by American embassy committees.

SUNY CID is a university-wide institution that designs and implements international technical assistance projects, conducts policy-oriented research, and contributes to both the theory and practice of international development. Through its in-country development projects, conferences, publications, research, and outreach activities, the Center works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges.

Located in Albany, New York state's capital city, the SUNY CID draws upon the State University's vast intellectual and technical resources and serves as a key component of the university's overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange and sustainable development.

The Center's approach is international and interdisciplinary, working as part of a global community of scholars, technical experts, government officials, and community leaders. Since 1986, the Center has implemented more than $130 million in international development projects on five continents in the areas of democratization, economic development, and environmental policy. The Center is among the world's most active university centers in international development, with implementation and research activities funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Information Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Andrew W. Mellon, Tinker, Ford, and Soros Foundations.

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