Islamabad, 18 August 2022 (TDI): The Embassy of the United States (US) to Pakistan hosted the participants of the International Young Diplomats School (IYDS) in Islamabad.
An interactive session with the participants on the topic of the relationship between Pakistan and the US was organized by the Embassy.
The US and Pakistan have enjoyed 75 years of partnership in many sectors, including people-to-people ties and health sector cooperation. The two have strong diplomatic ties.
During the session for IYDS, representatives of the US Embassy gave a lecture about the US Department of Foreign Services. The US continues to be Pakistan’s top export market and has been one of the greatest sources of foreign direct investment in Pakistan.
The government of the US supports this relationship by setting up business-to-business trade delegations, offering technical assistance, and promoting business opportunities for American companies to create US-Pakistan commercial partnerships.
Trade and investment relations between the United States and Pakistan are still expanding. A fully-funded scholarship opportunity in the US is the US Fulbright Scholarship for Pakistani Students 2022. 37000 Pakistani alumni have studied at US institutions.
One of the largest and best scholarship programmes in the United States is the Fulbright 2023 programme. Rob Folley, the Economic Affairs Officer also gave an overview of USAID and its initiatives in Pakistan.
Moreover, Juan German, the Public Diplomacy Officer gave information about the initiatives in Pakistan and work on women empowerment.
The Diplomats from different sections of the US Embassy in Pakistan congratulated the organizers for hosting this important public diplomacy engagement platform. They have also commended them for their tireless efforts to make this program possible.
Participants of the school asked various questions and discussed ways to promote Pakistan and US bilateral ties.
International Young Diplomats School (IYDS)
Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies has organized the Fourth Edition of International Young Diplomat School (IYDS) from 16-17-18 August 2022 in Islamabad.
It is the 4th International Diplomats School, in which participants are given opportunities to interact with Ambassadors of different Embassies.
The participants are young professionals with diverse backgrounds, students, and faculty members across Pakistan. During the School, the participants will be meeting hosted by Ambassadors of different countries at their offices.
Details about the program can be seen here, especially about earlier cohorts. International Young Diplomats School (IYDS) is based on the model of the Public Diplomacy approach for offering an opportunity for Diplomatic Missions to meet diverse groups of professionals and young people from across Pakistan having various ethnic, religious, linguistic, and regional backgrounds.
Hence, offering the Diplomatic Missions to increase their outreach and interaction with the young people from across Pakistan.
While on the other hand, IYDS offers young people to meet Ambassadors and Diplomats to know more about countries and build stronger relationships while returning to their communities.
The group of 16-20 participants with ages 18-40 having diverse academic and professional backgrounds from different regions of Pakistan have joined to be part of the program.
The program includes visits to different diplomatic missions in Islamabad and information sessions with Ambassadors, diplomats, and other embassy staff.
Ambassadors and diplomats will share insights about their missions, countries, and opportunities for education, development, and trade.