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Release: May 20, 1999

UI, Iowa City to host Vietnamese officials May 19-22

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Four Vietnamese officials are visiting Iowa City and the University of Iowa May 19-22 to learn about American city management, reducing corruption, and legal issues including inspection of government activities and coping with citizen complaints. The visitors will meet with various university and local officials to discuss these issues.

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is hosting the Iowa City portion of the group's two-week trip to the United States. The group will also visit New Orleans, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

Members of the group include: Binh Quoc Mai, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Administrative Reform Project; Dat Huu Nguyen, deputy director of the Department for Economic Inspection No. 1, Vietnamese State Inspectorate; Loc Huu Nguyen, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Vietnamese State Inspectorate; and Tiep Trung Nguyen, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, National Institute of Public Administration.

Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, has arranged for the group to meet with John and Sandra Hudson, local real estate professionals, to discuss the business and ethics of real estate; with Ken Starck, UI professor of journalism, to discuss journalism ethics and the role of an ombudsman; with W. Richard Summerwill, president of the Iowa State Bank & Trust Co., to discuss banking and business; with John Nelson and Gerhard Loewenberg, UI professors of political science, to discuss ethics in the political arena; with Steve Atkins, Iowa City Manager, to discuss municipal government; with David Belgum, UI professor emeritus of religion and internal medicine, to discuss medical ethics; and with Mark Osiel, UI professor of law, to discuss legal ethics.

For additional information, contact Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.