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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 2, 2004


Under Secretary Dobriansky to Address Middle East Business Reform Program Participants at Graduation

Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Patricia Harrison will address a graduation ceremony for interns from the Middle East and North Africa, upon completion of a four-month program.

The Business Internship Program introduced over forty qualified Arab businesswomen to the U.S. business world through management internships at such American companies and law firms as General Electric, Boeing, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, Proctor & Gamble, and Fulbright & Jaworski. Program participants will gather in Washington on December 1-3, 2004, for a program review to discuss how to enhance the impact of the internships when they return to their home countries.

The Business Internship Program is a component of the Presidentís reform agenda for the Middle East and aims to increase economic opportunity in the region through business development and job creation, and was administered by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a Presidential initiative that supports economic, political, and educational reform efforts in the Middle East and expanded opportunity for all people of the region, especially women and youth. More information can be found at: http://MEPI.state.gov.

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