Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FEEEDS-GALLUP Africa SME Forum Photo Gallery

Event hosts were Advocacy Initiative  and Gallup, with event partners Allafrica.com and GB Group Global and attend by some 200 invitees from the Africa Diaspora SME business community, U.S. Government officials, with President Obama's Special

Allafrica.com Reports on the FEEEDS-Gallup Africa SME Forum

See Allafrica.com for full story: http://allafrica.com/stories/201607181038.html

Global Partners Discuss Key Data and Future of U.S.-Africa's SMEs
FEEEDS-Gallup-Allafrica.com Africa Diaspora SME Forum.
Panel Members (l-r) Nicholas Bassey, USAID Director Frontier Partnership,
 Ngozi Bell, Region III Advocate, U.S. SBA, & Magali Rheault,
Gallup Regional Director. Ambassador Sanders served
as Mistress of Ceremonies
Ahead of President Obama's second U.S.-Africa Business Forum planned for New York on September 21, 2016, the FEEEDS Initiative —Food Security, Education, Environment-Energy, Economics, Democracy-Development and Self-help— in partnership with GALLUP, hosted the third annual forum on Africa in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance and impact of Africa Diaspora small and medium size Enterprises (SMES) in the development of the Continent. Managing Partner, Gallup, Jon Clifton, introduced the featured special guest, Catherine Byrne, President Obama's Special Assistant and Senior Director for African Affairs at the White House.
Other speakers included Alicia Robinson-Morgan, Deputy Director of the Africa Office at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Leila Ndiaye, Africa Policy Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Rahama Wright, member President's Doing Business in Africa Council (PAC-DBIA) & CEO-Shea Yeleen, with Allafrica.com CEO, Reed Kramer, as moderator.
The hosts for the Africa Diaspora SME Business Forum were Jon Clifton, Managing Partner, GALLUP, and Ambassador Robin Sanders, CEO-FEEEDS.  AllAfrica.com and GB Group Global led by Dr. Gloria Herndon were this year's featured partners. This is the third year Allafrica.com has been the media partner and the first that GB Group Global participated.
In her opening remarks, Ambassador Sanders said the FEEEDS-GALLUP Africa Diaspora SME Business Forum represents an important step forward for high-level meetings in sharing practical and useful information to Africa SMEs, the state of the current U.S.-Africa business relationship, and Gallup's important data of the state of the Sub-Saharan Africa Region.  "It also provides for a unique platform to highlight the role that Africa Diaspora SMEs are playing in the region's economic development, GDP growth, and spurring the middle class," Sanders said.
In her speech, President Obama's Special Assistant for Africa, Catherine Byrne, noted that despite huge security challenges, democracy and business growth have taken root in Africa and "there is progress."  She said progress can be seen in several countries in Africa including places such as Zambia and Nigeria where exemplary general elections were held with winners and losers embracing peace or violence.  She said the second U.S.-Africa Business Forum planned for New York in September 21, 2016 will solidify the Obama Administration's effort to not only increase US-Africa business ties, but strengthen the US-Africa relationship. Byrne identified some of the economic policies that have achieved results in Africa as the Security Governance and Trade Africa Initiatives, Power Africa, FEED the Future program, The Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, assistance setting up an Africa-like Center for Disease Control (which is already underway as a result of the Ebola outbreak), the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), efforts to fight corruption, and the extensions of the  African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 10 years – all will be part of President Obama's Africa legacy. She highlighted these examples that we can all build on in response to questions about: what has been achieved; where is the US-Africa relationship going, and, what was next in the relationship.
The Africa Diaspora SME business forum had two sessions.  The first session, moderated by AllAfrica.com's CEO Reed Kramer, had Alicia Robinson-Morgan, Leila Ndiaye and Rahama Wright. The panel discussed Africa's current investment opportunities, key sectors for SME participation, the role of President Obama's PAC-DBIA, and his upcoming U.S.-Africa Business Forum. Click here to read full Allafrica.com story http://allafrica.com/stories/201607181038.html

Monday, July 11, 2016

EINnewswire Distributes to 60 Channels Allafrica.com release on Gallup-FEEEDS July14,2016 AfricaSMEForum

EIN newswire distributes Allafrica.com press release on July 14, 2016 Gallup-FEEEDS-Allafrica-GB Group Global Africa Diaspora SME Business Forum to its 60 investment, banking, finance, economic, and education channels. see www.bit.ly/Gallup-FEEEDS-AllAfrica

Friday, July 8, 2016

FEEEDS-GALLUP Hosts 3rd Africa Forum,July 14, 2016;Allafrica.com Media Partner

Gallup World Poll is again partnering with the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative to host important conference on Africa Diaspora SMEs. Event Media partner is Africa's leading site Allafrica.com. See Allafrica.com press release Gallup and FEEEDS Convene Africa Diaspora Business Forum July 14

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Amb Sanders Pic with Mohammed Ali:The Backstory

This was an incredible human being and role model for people of all nations and colors.One of the most interesting comments I heard today (June 4) was the unwritten impact that Ali had on today's American history just by virtue of changing his name. And, that name change by a person of his caliber likely set the stage in many ways for the mostly accepting manner in which enough Americans supported electing a President with the name Barrack Obama. Of course there were and remain outlyers who never were comfortable with either, but the majority elected not only this President twice, but the majority also revered Ali. These are the types of things in life that gives me hope and comfort in today's very dived America.

I had the rare priviledge to meet and talk to #The Greatest only once in my life time as a young diplomat at an gala event in Washington, D.C. (see photo). I had attended an event staffing another great #Ambassador Andrew Young, and was given the priviledge to walk Mr. Ali out as he left the stage. Ambassador Young took this photo and made sure I received it. (A thing I learned from Ambassador Young  that day was to always be able to take your own photos, which I have done ever since).

I always had in my Embassy offices overseas as I moved up the ranks in the US Diplomatic Corp, this photo with Ali, along with two photos of Ambassador Young swearing me in twice to serve as US Ambassador (Nigeria and Congo), and the photo of me talking to Nelson Mandela at his first #African Union meeting in Senegal following his release from Robbin Island. These four photos always had "pride of place" in my offices.

May the Great Mohammed Ali rest in peace as we know he will be the "Greatest" whereever his spirit is today and always.