Nagaland participates in IVLP

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/30/2018 11:56:49 AM IST

Secretary general of NDPP, Abu Metha was selected by the United States government to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) under the aegis of the United States Department of State. 

A press release from NDPP media and communication committee stated that the IVLP program attended by Abu Metha was specifically in line with the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the US Government and it is the first IVLP project specifically under the Indo-Pacific strategy. The project consisted of leaders from 12 countries and included programs in the states of Maryland, Florida, Arizona, Montana, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. In the capital city of the United States, Washington DC, Abu Metha participated in a podcast interview that was aired and broadcast to a global audience.

The release opined that it was perhaps the first time that a leader from Nagaland got the opportunity to highlight the Nagas’ search for peace and political solution in the capital city of the world’s most powerful nation. Metha voiced confidence that the Government of India and the Nagas would arrive at a democratic solution. On being asked about the NDPP’s alliance with the BJP and the priorities of the PDA government, Metha said that the BJP understood the pulse of the people and had a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP and that the PDA government under Neiphiu Rio was focusing on improving infrastructure, building roads and ensuring good and transparent government. 

The NDPP secretary general and founding editor of Eastern Mirror was the only person to participate in the program from the region on a project that reflects the focus of the Trump administration, the Indo-Pacific Region. The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is a program under the aegis of the United States Department of State (Ministry of External Affairs).


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