In cooperation with the Bahrain IVLP Alumni Network, the U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell celebrated the 78th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on March 13. In his remarks at the event, Ambassador Siberell said: “This evening is an opportunity for us to celebrate the 78th anniversary of the establishment of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and renew friendships and re-establish contacts.” He also announced the launch of the Bahrain IVLP Alumni Network, which aims to bring the Bahraini IVLP community together and help them gain networking experience in their different fields.
Ambassador Siberell then recognized the accomplishments of a number of distinguished IVLP participants and highlighted the importance of such exchange programs in enhancing mutual understanding and strengthening the long-standing U.S.-Bahrain friendship.
Around 40 former participants in the IVLP program attended the event. The IVLP program in Bahrain began in 1973, and since 1993, around 600 Bahrainis have participated in the exchange program to the United States.