IVLP: Managing Ports and Developing Free Trade Zones
Each year, approximately 5,000 current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields travel to the United States on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to learn about industry best-practices and cultivate professional networks with their American counterparts. International Visitors also share their culture and perspectives with their hosts in the United States. Recently, a group of Omani leaders from the Ministry of Transport and Communication visited Washington, D.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Houston, Texas to better understand cutting-edge technologies and processes in managing ports, opportunities for expanding logistical operations in Omani ports, and economic and political factors for developing Free Trade Zones. The group visited three ports and met with experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, Port of New Orleans, Cleveland State University, and Houston Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Additional topics of discussion included port construction and development, initiatives to attract foreign direct investments, and tourism opportunities in port areas. “It was a wonderful experience,” said Samya Al Tooqi, Ministry of Transport and Communication.
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IVLP Ports and Logistics Participants, from left to right
- Khulood Al Najjashi – Ministry of Transport and Communication, Quantity Surveyor Engineer
- Samya Al Tooqi – Ministry of Transport and Communication, Head of Technical Document Preparation Department
- Jerry Wang, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Muscat
- Abdulmajid Al Rashdi – Ministry of Transport and Communications, Quantity Surveyor Technician
- Sauod Al Madailwi – Ministry of Transport and Communication, Port and Maritime Transport Specialist
- Michelle Outlaw, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Muscat
- Mazin Al Sakiti – Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ports Operations Supervisor
- (not pictured) Majid Al Rubaiey – Ministry of Transport and Communication, Head of Ports Development.