Ties binding Georgia and Nigeria tightened further last week when Chinwoke Mbadinuju, the governor-elect for the state of Anambra, visited Atlanta and met with both state and city officials.

Dr. Mbadinuju will not assume his official position until the newly elected president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and the other state governors are installed on May 29.

But he is getting a head start on promoting business opportunities in the state of Anambra, which is in the eastern part of Nigeria and has more than 2 million inhabitants.

During visits with Gov. Roy Barnes and Mayor Bill Campbell, he reviewed the similarities of Georgia and Anambra’s mineral resources, especially the extensive presence of kaolin in both, and their agricultural sectors.

He also pointed to the opportunities for Georgia businesses to participate in a variety of infrastructure projects in his state such as the development of an airport, rural water schemes, electric generation and road rehabilitation, among others.

Dr. Mbadinuju knows the United States well and holds advanced degrees in political science, international relations and international law from three U.S. universities as well as U.K. and Nigerian law degrees.

Promoting his state’s business opportunities, he met with local educators to begin discussions about the possibility of establishing collaborative relationships between Georgian and Anambran universities.

A luncheon was held in his honor at City Hall as was a reception at the Hyatt Regency, hosted by Nony Mbaezue, principal engineer of he locally headquartered AIM Partners Plc.

For more information about Dr. Mbadinuju’s visit, call Mr. Mbaezue at (404) 238-3853 or send a fax to (404) 877-0658.