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ASEAN: Port Security and Trade Safety

February 6, 2016 - February 10, 2016

This project supports the development of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and fosters an understanding of the beneficial role this multilateral organization can play in the stability and prosperity of the member states.  Participants from Brunei, Burma, Indonesia, and Singapore will come to Cleveland as part of a national program to explore the economic effects of piracy, countermeasures, and the dimensions of maritime criminal activity (including human trafficking).  While in the U.S., participants will examine U.S. policies, port security measures, and commitments regarding maritime crime issues.  They will travel to Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Cleveland, OH; San Diego, CA and Honolulu, HI.

While in Cleveland, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the role that the city plays as an economic hub and port city in the Great Lakes region and how various institutions are playing a role in reducing the pervasiveness of human trafficking in the region.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.



February 6, 2016
February 10, 2016
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