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Pakistani officials to come to Charlton

Government, media focus of visit

Robin Craver. (click for larger version)
September 21, 2011
CHARLTON — For three days, the town will host two Pakistani government professionals who will shadow Charlton officials in effort to learn more about the workings of local American government and media.

"We're very excited about it," said Town Administrator Robin Craver, who volunteered Charlton — and her home — to host the officials.

Khurram Ali and Fida Hussain Baladi are among 13 officials from Pakistan who have come to the Bay State as part of the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program for Public Administration, a program run through the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and Amherst-based nonprofit the Institute for Training and Development (ITD). They will meet with local department heads over their three-day stay in town, before going on to Boston, New York City and Washington D.C.

ITD was awarded a grant for the project, funded by the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Education Foundation of Pakistan and the U.S. Embassy of Islamabad selected 75 Pakistani officials to participate in the program, which is spread out over five four-to-six week sessions.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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