Strengthening Mutual Understanding



Ifrane, September 24, 2012 – Three members of the US delegation to Morocco within the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP-MENA) met with Al Akhawayn students, faculty, and officials during a visit to Al Akhawayn University on September 20, 2012. 

Within the framework of the LFP-MENA, and in partnership with Legacy International and the US Association of Former Members of Congress, the US delegation visited Morocco on September 16-23, 2012. 

The delegation was composed of Bill Zeliff, Founder of Zeliff Enterprise, Senior Counselor, and Former Member of Congress at the Livingston Group; Amy Dailey, State Program Director at the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Sherry Shapiro, Senior Research Adviser at the Congressional Research Service. 

The one-day visit program at Al Akhawayn included a class discussion with International Studies students on the political system in the US, lunch with university officials, and a campus tour. The class discussion revolved around Moroccan-American relations, US government and politics, as well as the guests’ personal experiences in their fields of competence. Drawing back on his career path, Zeliff stressed on the importance of civil society and its role in enhancing a government’s actions through what he described as an inside-out critical view. Zeliff encouraged Al Akhawayn students to take part in this experience and be involved. 

“Morocco is beautiful country and we have enjoyed the culture so much,” said Zeliff. “We may talk differently or think differently, but I strongly believe that we are all the same and have common human values. Traveling is a great experience that makes us understand our differences and similarities.”

The LFP Mena links community leaders in a two-way exchange that strengthens mutual understanding of the legislative and policy-making processes in Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and the United States. The LFP is sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International. 

Legacy International is dedicated to promoting peace by strengthening civil society and fostering a culture of participation worldwide. It trains and mentors community leaders, youth, professionals, and governmental and non-governmental administrators, and helps them to develop and implement practical, community-based solutions to critical issues.

The US Association of Former Members of Congress is dedicated to promoting improved understanding of the role of Congress and the importance of public service as a calling.  Its main goals are promoting public service, strengthening representative democracy, and keeping members connected after service.