Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Visitors has postponed in-person exchange programs until further notice. Virtual meetings will instead be arranged for the following programs:
Combating Wildlife Trafficking: This virtual project will examine wildlife trafficking as a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health. This project will focus on the U.S. State Department’s strategic goal of combating wildlife trafficking, and protecting and conserving the environment while preserving the sustainable livelihood of critical populations. African participants will examine efforts to combat international wildlife trafficking, best practices in U.S. anti-poaching and species recovery measures, and the roles of public and private sector stakeholders engaged in the protection of wildlife resources.
Collaborative Solutions to Waste Management and Marine Debris: This virtual project will assess U.S. solid waste management practices, particularly efforts to reduce, recycle, or otherwise control the amounts and kinds of toxins reaching freshwater and marine environments.
Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry: This virtual project for Nigeria will highlight current trends and successful business practices in the U.S. fashion industry, examine U.S. methods of business development in the fashion industry, and explore effective networking and advertising that leverages social and traditional media to increase sales.