On October 25 and 26, 2016, U.S. Embassy Yaounde welcomed three young leaders who either visited or are going to visit the United States of America under the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). They were met by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, Cultural Affairs Officer Nitza Sola-Rotger, Cultural Affairs Specialist Gladys Viban, and Cultural Affairs Assistant Olivia Mukam.
They were Women in Aviation International President Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, who traveled in July 2016 to Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington (state), and other cities under the “Global Leadership in International Aviation” program. An entrepreneur, “Fadimatou is an upcoming leader in the aviation sector in Cameroon, whose dynamism and dedication to ensuring girls choose aviation as a career is inspiring,” said Ms. Viban. Mr. Quiroz and Ms. Sola-Rotger added: “She represents the success of someone who had a dream, pursued it, overcame obstacles, and is now reaching for the skies. We were impressed that she did not only make countless contacts during her trip, but also that she inspired Sabre Director for Airline Consulting Christian Fleischer to fly here all the way from Seattle to see how she can partner with him and Cameroonians to strengthen this vital sector.”
Ms. Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo said: “I look forward to becoming a leading woman entrepreneur in Cameroon within the next few years, and to lift up many women and girls so that they too can achieve their dreams and promote development in our country.”
LMTV journalist Amy Banda and Muslim TV journalist Nouhou Bello will visit the United States under the IVLP’s Edward Murrow Program for journalists from October through November 2016, where they will also monitor the U.S. Presidential elections. “Both Amy Banda and Nouhou Bello represent the highest standards and ethics of journalism. They tell the story with integrity and excellence, always ensuring that the public is engaged in and informed on key issues of the day. We are delighted that they have accepted to visit the USA through this professional exchange program.”
Both journalists said that they look forward to meeting journalists from other nations and to expand their network of global contacts and from within the African continent. To learn more about IVLP, please see: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp.
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