IVLP -Young Leaders from the East Asia and Pacific Region
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade deal that encompasses much of the Asian-Pacific Region as well as the United States to work to bring down the trading barriers that exist amongst these countries. Late September brought in a diverse group of professionals that all specialized in this particular trade agreement. With the deal having such an impact on various industries, the North Carolina leg of the IVLP visit was as diverse as the participants.
Their first meeting was with a representative of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association to discuss the impacts of treaties on this North Carolina industry.
The delegation continued with the theme of agriculture when they arrived at the North Carolina Farm Bureau and met with IF Board member Debbie Hamrick whom was instrumental in bringing together several great minds to discuss the impacts on the industry as a whole. The group finished their afternoon at North Carolina State University in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Mark Nance and Dr. William Boettcher of the School of Public and International Affairs. This lively discussion was educational for both sides of the table.
The Asian-Pacific group began their next day with a meeting at the News & Observer where several of the journalists amongst the group enjoyed a discussion with the Business Editor. From there, the North Carolina House of Representatives warmly welcomed the visitors with a standing ovation during Session following a meeting with Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam and John Loyack of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.