June 16, 1999
Release No. 035-99

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Washington, D.C. -- President Jimmy Carter will speak on June 17 at 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency-Capitol Hill Hotel as part of an international conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, the primary U.S. government-sponsored leadership development program for mid-career professionals from developing countries. Past and current Humphrey Fellows and U.S. leaders from a variety of fields will participate in the three-day conference entitled "Building a World Together: The Humphrey Legacy." Other conference speakers include former Congressman Lee Hamilton and Dr. Mohammed Yunis, founder of Grameen Micro-Credit Bank.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was created during the Carter administration to assist developing nations by providing a U.S. educational experience for mid-career professionals with a commitment to public service in the public or private sectors. In the past 20 years, more than 2,500 professionals from more than 140 countries have come to the United States for a year of study at a major university and to acquire related professional experience. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and administered by the Institute of International Education.

Named after the late Vice President and Senator Hubert Humphrey, the program reflects his belief that "one person can make a difference." A steady flow of Hubert Humphrey Fellows has returned to their home countries to take up positions of leadership in a variety of fields since the program began. Another important aim of the program has been to build a global community of public servants connected by a wide network of professional and personal relationships.

USIA Acting Director Penn Kemble said: "We are delighted that President Carter will be here to help celebrate the tremendous contribution the Humphrey Program has made to the world in the past 20 years. In addition to helping create the program, his dedicated service to developing countries since leaving office is itself a reflection of the program's founding purpose."

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