Friendship Force of Western North Carolina welcomes twelve Open World delegates from ten countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Members of our club have generously offered to host delegates in their homes, and to be dinner and day hosts.
All are professional leaders in their respective countries. The theme assigned for this delegation is Economic Development. The programming will take place in Hendersonville and Asheville with various visits planned, such as the Small Business Centers at Blue Ridge Community College and A-B Tech. We’ll also visit Henderson County Partners for Economic Development and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. There will be conversations with creative entrepreneurs in the arts as well as with groups involved in social enterprise and family-owned businesses. Time will be set aside for enjoying our area’s spectacular mountains and delightful cultural traditions.
Many of you are familiar with Open World; our club has hosted these delegations eleven times in the past. Open World is funded by the U.S. Congress and is non-partisan.
“The mission of the Open World Leadership Center, an arm of the U.S. Congress, is to introduce rising leaders of emerging countries to the importance of legislative functions in creating and sustaining democracies. This is done through the introduction of young foreign leaders to the American democratic governing systems and free market operations at every level: federal, state, and local. The Center also maintains a continuing relationship with the network of leaders it has enlisted, especially with those from countries crucial to American national security interests.”