The Inaugural Meeting – February 17-19, 2011
The first Forum meeting was held in Lahore, Pakistan, hosted by the Lahore University of Management Sciences and co-sponsored by the Syed Babar Ali Foundation. Meeting highlights included:
- 40 leaders from both societies, with track records of success in education, public policy, governance, agriculture, health, media, and entrepreneurship, held 3 days of professionally facilitated discussion.
- Participants talked frankly and in depth about their perceptions of their own societies, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, the role of the media, and the challenges and opportunities for long-term partnerships.
- Participant working groups developed ideas for civil society partnerships in three major areas: primary and secondary education, higher education, and agriculture. Participants also explored the potential for partnerships for local governance and peace-building.
- Fifteen concrete partnership plans emerged from the working groups, supported by participant commitments to engage directly in follow up planning and implementation. The partner plans include:
--> Pilot sister schools program between 25 U.S. and Pakistani independent schools
--> Relationship with Pakistani schools and U.S. teachers to expand teacher-training capacity
--> Long-term university-to-university collaboration among U.S. and Pakistani public universities
--> Program to connect Pakistani and U.S. youth through facilitated Web and real-time exchanges
--> Development of the mango industry in Pakistan and increased access to U.S. markets
--> Development of the dairy industry in Pakistan to help realize its growth potential
--> Collaboration to develop a robust agricultural commodity futures exchange in Pakistan
Read a summary of the Inaugural Meeting here.
- Following the Forum, USMEI hosted two separate planning meetings with Pakistani entrepreneurs and media leaders, to plan for the next U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum events.