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International Visitor Leadership Program: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
October 26, 2016

Kristy Shortte

Kristy Shortte, administrative and research assistant at Sustainable Grenadines Inc., which is located on Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, traveled to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She took part in a three-week project on “Our Oceans” from March 14 until March 25, 2017. During the program, participants examined U.S. efforts to address coastal and marine management issues, particularly marine pollution, climate impacts on the ocean, marine protected areas, and sustainable fishing; had opportunities to interact with youth and other stakeholders engaged in marine and coastal resources protection; share strategies to develop awareness and to integrate local level projects with regional and international marine protection and clean‐up efforts.

Donna Mason-McLean

Donna Mason-McLean, the Librarian at the National Public Library in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; participated in a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled “Librarians and Archivists as Defenders of Intellectual Property Rights” from June 13 – July 1, 2016 in the United States. This program was designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of policies, best practices, and challenges for improving awareness and protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Shafia London

Ms. Shafia London of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program “Small Business Development.” Through the program participants examined the economic, political, and social factors that promote the development of small businesses and entrepreneurship in the U.S.; explore the role of small business and entrepreneurship in economic development, democratization, and stabilization; and demonstrate the impact of small businesses on local, regional, national, and global economies. Based on the knowledge gained during her time in the U.S. Ms. London is working to implement programs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines similar to those examined through the IVLP. Ms. London was among 24 individuals from 23 countries to participate in the August 29- September 16, 2011 program.