With Liberia’s Ebola crisis officially over, Cynthia Blandford, the West African country’s Atlanta-based honorary consul, has put a “re-engagement policy” in overdrive. The continued support for Ms. Blandford’s local initiatives on behalf of Liberia was evident at the “United for Liberia” ball held the evening of Sept. 26 on behalf of the University Consortium for Read more
Fifty Mandela Fellows, who will be participating in programs at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the School of Business at Clark Atlanta University, will be hosted by the city of Atlanta and its Office of Film and Entertainment at a welcome reception Tuesday evening where they will learn of Read more
Ghana is considering appointing an honorary consul in Atlanta as commercial connections between the West African nation and Georgia intensify, Ambassador Joseph Henry Smith told Global Atlanta during a recent visit.
Atlanta’s status as the “African American capital of the world” gives the city a unique platform to promote trade and investment with the continent, Ghana’s minister of trade and industry told Global Atlanta Tuesday. “New York can’t make that claim. Chicago can’t make that claim. Los Angeles can’t make that claim. They may be bigger cities with bigger economies, but Atlanta can use that historical Read more
The African Diaspora Marketplace, an initiative that helps small to mid-size businesses break into Africa, has returned this year with a newly refined focus on keeping projects alive over the long-haul. Born in 2009 from a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union Co., the initiative hosts a biennial competition Read more
Gaining U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker as a speaker was a coup for Atlanta’s Africa trade conference in November, but one of the most poignant moments as when five African diplomats asked American business leaders and policy makers not to turn their backs on West Africa economically.
With nearly 40 countries closing their borders to citizens of Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens of Sierra Leone encapsulated well the sentiments expressed by five diplomats from the region in Atlanta yesterday: “To all who stigmatize us, I would say, ‘Ban Ebola; don’t ban our countries.’”
The honorary consuls of Sierra Leone and Liberia, along with a key representative from the Guinean community in the U.S. will come together at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 to provide an update on the Ebola outbreak in the countries and thank Georgians for their support during the crisis. On hand will Read more
Delta Air Lines Inc. passengers traveling from New York to Accra, Ghana, will soon have the option to continue on to Monrovia, Liberia thanks to a recent agreement with Kenya Airways. On Sept. 1, Kenya Airways will add connecting flights from Accra’s Kotoka International Airport to Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport, replacing Delta’s own three-times weekly service. Read more
Susan Caster, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 1977-81, was the winner of Global Atlanta’s “Winter Wonderland” contest held over the Christmas holidays. The contest asked respondents to identify the countries on the basis of the ornaments hanging on fir trees displayed at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. She identified Read more