Peace Corps to Sign Partnership Accord with CONACYT of Mexico: Agreement Allows both Organizations to Explore Development of Peace Corps Programs in Mexico

June 9, 2003

The U.S. Peace Corps and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technologia, National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) of Mexico will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of the ‘Partnership for Prosperity’ initiative that was launched by U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vincente Fox at their summit in September 2001.

Working in conjunction with CONACYT, Peace Corps will develop a program that meets the needs of CONACYT in areas such as information technology, small business development, science and technology, and sustainable development.

WHAT:
Signing of MOU between U.S. Peace Corps and Mexico’s CONACYT

WHERE:
The Westin St. Francis Hotel
335 Powell Street
Essex Room
San Francisco, CA

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
9:00 a.m.

WHO:
Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez
CONACYT Director Jaime Parada Avila
United States Ambassador Tony Garza
Mexico Ambassador Juan Jose Bremer

Since 1961, more than 168,000 volunteers have served in 135 countries working in such diverse fields as education, health, HIV/AIDs education and awareness, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

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