More than 20 of Atlanta’s consular and foreign trade representatives were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta at the group’s annual Consular Corps Day luncheon March 27.

The group, which represented nations including Albania, Canada, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria the United Kingdom and others were introduced to Georgia’s new commissioner for economic development, Ken Stewart, who took up his post at the beginning of this year.

Mr. Stewart was the keynote speaker for the Kiwanis Consular Corps Day luncheon and stressed the importance of international trade and investment to the growth of the state’s economy.

He also updated the dignitaries on the state’s new Global Georgia initiative, which aims to market the state as a business destination worldwide.

Earlier this year, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue asked the Georgia General Assembly to allocated more than $5 million to the initiative.

Prior taking up his position as commissioner of economic development, Mr. Stewart served as director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

For more information, contact Rose Cunningham, chair of the Kiwanis Club’s International Relations Committee, who helped organize the event, at (404) 521-1443.