April 6, 2023

unnamedMINOT, N.D. (July 20, 2016) — The Minot Area Council for International Visitors crafted regional programming June 27-28 for seven Kurdish representatives of Chambers of Commerce. They visited regional locations, including Stanley, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota Port Services and AGT Foods.

This was part of a larger United States program administered by Meridian International Center in which they met with American counterparts, business groups and local government officials in American oil and gas-producing cities to examine how communities grow the private sector, diversify the economy and handle the boom-and-bust cycles of economic growth.

Under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, current and emerging foreign leaders learn about the U.S. firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals. In the photo, John MacMartin, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce president, received a plaque from the visitors.

A nonprofit, community and university-based organization, MACIV has been headquartered at Minot State University since 1992. It designs professional programs and provides cultural activities and home-hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists and international scholars. For questions, contact Joseph Jastrzembski, MSU history professor and MACIV president, at [email protected].

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