Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05011160 (posted Jan. 11, 2005)"
Office of the Spokesman
January 7, 2005
Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges
and Training Releases FY 2004 Annual Report
The Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International
Exchanges and Training (IAWG) announces the availability of its FY 2004 Annual
Report. The Annual Report includes the FY 2003 Inventory of Programs, which
contains information on 246 international exchange and training programs from
15 federal government departments and 48 independent agencies.
The Annual Report and the Regional Reports are available through the IAWG's
The IAWG was created on July 15, 1997, to recommend measures for improving the
coordination, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. Government-sponsored
international exchanges and training. Section 112 (f) and (g) of the Mutual
Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (P.L. 87-256), as amended, (22
USC 2460 (f) and (g)) reaffirmed this mandate and provided a statutory basis
for the IAWG's operations.
The IAWG is currently comprised of members from over 20 federal departments and
agencies. The Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs serves
as the Statutory Chair of the IAWG.
The IAWG's FY 2003 Regional Reports include: East Asia and Pacific, Eurasia
(formerly New Independent States), Europe, Near East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan
Africa, and Western Hemisphere. These Regional Reports provide quantitative
program and activity information about United States Government-sponsored
international exchange and training activities. The reports are a useful tool
for overseas missions to gain a better understanding of international exchanges
and training activities in their region.