Kassakhian Selected to Serve as Delegate to Sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Ardashes Kassakhian

GLENDALE - The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) has
invited City Clerk Ardashes `Ardy' Kassakhian to participate in an
international exchange program to South Africa and Namibia this
September. He will be part of a seven-member, bipartisan delegation to
South Africa and Namibia, serving as a young political leader
representing the United States. Participants in the program must be
nominated by a member of U.S. Congress or an alumnus of the program.
Delegates have the unique opportunity to meet with elected officials
at the national, regional and local levels, as well as policy makers,
business and community leaders in the host countries.

`I have always had a strong interest and admiration for the election
processes in South Africa, particularly in the post-Apartheid era,'
said Kassakhian, who has a framed ballot from that historic election
when Nelson Mandela ran for President hanging in his office at City
Hall. `I am equally interested in the elections processes in a
relatively young nation like Namibia which has only been a state since
1990,' he added.

Based in Washington, ACYPL is a nonpartisan NGO that is
internationally recognized as the pre-eminent catalyst for introducing
rising political and policy professionals to international affairs.
Their mission is to promote mutual understanding, respect and
friendship and cultivate long lasting relationships among next
generation leaders. This upcoming exchange aims to educate the
selected participants about American national and local governance and
politics as well as explore the global issues affecting US-South
African and Namibia bilateral relations. The Obama Administration has
set forth four objectives for U.S. engagement in the region: (1)
strengthen democratic institutions; (2) spur economic growth, trade,
and investment; (3) advance peace and security; and (4) promote
opportunity and development.

ACYPL conducts 25-30 programs annually around the world. Each ACYPL
exchange includes a select group of 7-12 leaders between the ages
25-40, and is designed to reflect the broad diversity of the United
States. The ACYPL's visit comes on the heels of Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton's historic visit to the African continent and during a
time of great economic promise for sub-Saharan Africa.

`The City of Glendale is proud to have City Clerk Kassakhian serving
as a member of this delegation,' stated Mayor Frank Quintero. `His
selection and participation brings positive awareness and attention to
our city. The insight he will bring back to our community will
strengthen our global understanding and mutual relations with our
international partners.'

More information about the ACYPL can be found at www.acypl.org. For
details, please contact ACYPL Communications Manager Griffin Greenberg
at (202) 448-9325 or by email at [email protected]