Newly arrived in July at the Georgia Department of Agriculture in charge of business development overseas for Georgia produce, Paul Thompson was off immediately to Indonesia. After seven and a half years at the Atlanta State Farmers Market, Mr. Thompson’s calendar now is full of possible trips to all corners of the world, most often Read more
Entersekt, a financial technology firm based in South Africa, has opened a new North American headquarters in Sandy Springs following its success landing major customers in the metro Atlanta area. The company uses the capabilities of a consumer’s mobile device within apps to help with authentication — the process of making sure the person initiating a payment Read more
When it comes to Africa, Martin Richenhagen, Duluth, Ga.-AGCO Corp.‘s CEO and chairman, doesn’t mince words. For instance at this year’s AGCO Summit in Berlin in January he called for startups to disrupt traditional agricultural practices in efforts to address the challenges of food security, farmer livelihood and resource efficiency. This year’s summit, an annual Read more
Former Mayor Kasim Reed caught flak from many sides last year when it was revealed that the city spent $90,000 on his team’s trip to South Africa, largely on business-class airfare. At the time, the mayor said he had lined up “private funds” to pay for nine team members’ upgrades from coach class on the grueling Read more
Lain Shakespeare looks out a window over the Atlanta Beltline, sharing the vision for the light rail line organizers hope will eventually run parallel to a trail that already has arguably transformed the way the city sees itself. “Projects like this are really redefining the way people view this city and increasing the demand for Read more
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been in the media spotlight in recent days for a trip taken in May to South Africa. At issue is the trip’s $90,000 price tag for eight people (including security team members) over three days, the bulk of which was reportedly spent on business-class airfare. In a news story, WSB called the mayor’s office out Read more
Duluth-based AGCO Corp. is realigning its organizational structure by placing its Africa operations within the Asia Pacific region to benefit from synergies between the market dynamics of both territories. According to a Nov. 3 news release, the change to take place on Jan. 1 will result in an increase in the company’s “on-the-ground presence in Read more
As the city of Cape Town opens an academic center for the study of the United States, its leaders see Atlanta as a visionary partner on one of the key issues facing the country today: race relations.
It may be far away, but South Africa is seeking to get closer to Atlanta in terms of business and trade, especially this month as a flurry of events on the country descend on the Georgia capital. Linked by a 17-hour Delta Air Lines Inc. flight to Johannesburg, the two locales also share a heritage of Read more
Mayor Kasim Reed may be suffering from some serious jet lag — or at least travel fatigue.