U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program for India

High School- presentation on the role of tourism in promoting biodiversity conservation

The U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program for India sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is jointly implemented since 2013 with Meridian International Center. The program is designed to connect U.S. experts with Indian audiences and institutions; to promote a better understanding of U.S. strategic priorities, policies and institutions; and to discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. The program offers an opportunity for the participating U.S experts to travel individually to the country for a 10 day to three-week long professional program designed by the U.S embassy in New Delhi and the other U.S. Consulates in India. These experts engage over the course of their visit with a wide array of audiences through lectures, workshops, and seminars, through round-tables and panel discussions, and through one-on-one meetings with their Indian counterparts. A key component of the visit is engagement with both local and national media as well as India social media representatives to further the message of their program.

Over the past four years, Meridian has sent to India over 40 American experts who have addressed a multitude of topics from climate change and cyber security to clean energy and intellectual propriety rights, from immigration and counter terrorism to trade and regional economic relations, and from skills development to U.S. foreign policy.

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