My name is Ramlah. I am glad to be here in Boise for the YSEALI PFP program. YSEALI PFP stands for Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skill, and build lasting and sustainable partnership between emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the US. It such a pleasure to be placed at Boise Metro Chamber to learn about various activities to promote economic growth, and at the same time I can improving my English-speaking skills through day-to-day communication, as well as develop my public speaking skills which is very important for a leader.
Back home, I am Chief of Department for Coordination of Loan Mobilization Policy in Ministry of Finance, in Timor-Leste. My country, Timor-Leste, is a relatively new and small country, located between Indonesia and Australia. Holding this position gives me responsibility to be able to define management objectives and design Loan Mobilization Strategy. Through this great opportunity of fellowship in Boise Metro Chamber, I will experience and learn how Idaho’s largest business association promotes economic growth in Idaho and what kind of investments bring the most benefit to Idaho’s economy. All this will add to my knowledge and give me new ideas about economic diversification, which can help me to design strategies that contribute to better economy development in my country.
I've been here almost a week in Boise, Idaho. This city gives me a positive impression with the nice and friendly people. It is a beautiful, clean, and safe city. I am ready for my journey ahead at the Chamber and open to learn as much as I can to achieve my program goals and to share a little experience that I have with others. During my placement, I will be under the guidance of Ms. Holly Cook, the Public Relations Manager at the Boise Metro Chamber.