speakingDear Friends!

As many of you all know, I was appointed by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, in March 2009 and Commissioned as Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia (HCG) in August 2009. I look forward to sharing with you some of our accomplishments, community activities, and awards with a particular focus on the University Consortium of Liberia (UCL) and the Government of Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Please visit and share the website for those interested in visiting Liberia.

I also want to say a special thank-you to all of the staff, volunteers, and friends and of course my family for all of your support throughout the year. We look forward to your continued commitment to help in the “Uplifting” of Liberia, and we encourage you to join us on a future trade, medical, educational, faith and cultural mission trip to Liberia for a life-changing experience! Please feel free to contact my office for further information.

May God Bless You and Yours in 2014!

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Cynthia Lynn Blandford 
Honorary Consul General
Republic of Liberia
Consulate | Atlanta, Georgia

Cynthia Lynn Blandford was sworn in on August 31st, 2009 at the Atlanta World Trade Center located in downtown Atlanta,Georgia

 

 

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Delta Air Lines Announces Enhanced Partnership with Kenya Airways

Partnership offers seamless connections for Delta customers between Liberia and the U.S. via Accra, Ghana

 

MONROVIA, 24 July 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced that it has reached agreement on an enhanced partnership with SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways to offer convenient connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana.

The services will begin effective September 1, 2014, operating three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways. The Kenya Airways flight will offer seamless and convenient connections with Delta’s nonstop flights between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“Delta has had a presence in Liberia for four years and we are pleased to be able to continue this association with the country through our new partnership with Kenya Airways,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Delta recognises the importance of offering services between Monrovia and the United States and we would like to thank the Liberian Government for its continued support. Delta remains committed to the country and facilitating travel to the U.S. with our Kenya Airways partner.”

This service replaces Delta’s three-times weekly operations from Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport to Accra, Ghana. Passengers connecting onto Delta’s Accra to New York-JFK services from Kenya Airways will enjoy through check-in for their entire journey from Monrovia – collecting their boarding passes and checking in luggage from Monrovia through to their final destination in the United States.

Passengers connecting in Accra will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge, without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration, for the flight departure from Delta’s dedicated airport gates to New York. Delta staff will be on hand to ease the connecting customer process and the transit time in Accra is anticipated to be one and a half hours. SkyMiles and Flying Blue members will continue to enjoy mileage accrual and elite benefits like extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, and lounge access on both airlines.

Business class passengers connecting through Kotoka International Airport will be able to access the new Sanbra Priority Lounge, which is positioned next to Delta’s airport gates, and provides customers with a luxury lounge experience prior to their flight to New York-JFK. The lounge has capacity for 108 people  with leather seating, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks and a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as televisions and shower facilities.

Delta’s sales office will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the U.S.. Delta will also continue selling tickets from the U.S. to Liberia.

Kenya Airways’ Regional General Manager for West Africa, America, Europe & Asia Pacific, Julius Thairu said: “This strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines enhances our presence in West Africa and cements our position as Africa’s premier airline. By providing a seamless connection from Liberia to Delta’s Accra to New York service, it significantly boosts Kenya Airways’ efforts to link Africa to the rest of the world.

This will provide our guests from Africa with an additional efficient and convenient connection to the U.S. on Delta Air Lines. It ties in with our long-term growth strategy to increase our footprint across the world.”

The Monrovia-Accra-New York schedule will operate as follows:

 

Flights Departs Arrives
KQ 509 Monrovia:18:00 Accra: 20:00
DL479 Accra: 22:35 New York-JFK: 05:13 (+1 day)

 

DL478 New York: 22:52 Accra: 13:30 (+1 day)
KQ508 Accra: 14:55 Monrovia:15:10

 

Delta’s daily services between Accra and New York are operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, comprising 25 seats in BusinessElite, 29 in Premium Economy and 171 seats in Economy.

 

Once onboard, passengers in the BusinessElite cabin will enjoy forward-facing seats that convert to a 180-degree fully flat-bed and offer direct aisle access in a 1x2x1 configuration. Delta has also invested in its economy class with seats that provide additional legroom, adjustable headrests, personal in-seat entertainment screens with over 350 films, 250 TV shows, 100 hours of HBO, 4,500 songs and 30 games and USB power at each seat. All Economy passengers will be provided with a complimentary amenity kit to improve their flight experience.

 

Delta Air Lines operates services to four African cities in four countries. The airline has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to 29 in summer 2014.

 

Passengers travelling from Liberia can book flights to the U.S. on Delta and Kenya Airways via travel agents and Delta’s dedicated reservations teams in Liberia.

 

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About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 333 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground.

About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 65 destinations worldwide, 38 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 48 aircraft fleet being one of the most modern in Africa and includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently it has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the world and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. For more information, please visit www.kenya-airways.com.

 

CONTACT:           Delta Corporate Communications

Telephone: +44 20 8750 9913 Email: EMEAnews.delta@delta.com

 

Focusing on trade, education and economic development, Liberian Embassy in Washington recently profiled diplomatic partners in Atlanta. The Consulate office was established by Madame Cynthia Lynn Blandford, who was commissioned August 31, 2009 as Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia in the state of Georgia. H.C.G. Blandford is Liberia’s first African American female Honorary Consul General.

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National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Parker and Georgia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz sign MOU, while Hon. Cynthia Blandford observes.

 

Pathways to Diplomacy Program at Morehouse College

On April 29, 2014, in Consulate News, by The Liberian Consulate

 

 

Morehouse College April 1, 2014

Morehouse College April 1, 2014

Honorable Consul General Cynthia Lynn Blandford was the invited guest for the Pathways to Diplomacy and Global Leadership program on April 1, 2014, on the campus of Morehouse College.  Mr. Hugh Williams, Diplomat in Residence was the instructor and Ms. Ashley Hamilton, Spelman College International Affairs Major and Intern in the Liberian Consulate Office invited the Consul General to speak on the “New Diplomat”.  The Consul General currently employs four Interns and two Fellows in the Liberian Consulate office in Atlanta this semester.

 

ATLANTA–Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford spearheads University Consortium program to bridge the educational gap for Liberia. SSU is an institutional member of the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL), an organization founded by the honorary counsel general for the Republic of Liberia, Cynthia L. Blandford, and the Liberian Embassy in the United States. The purpose of the UCL is to institutionalize a framework through which U.S.-based colleges, universities and other academic-related organizations involved in Liberia.  UCL Program and Savannah State University

 

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf  welcomes Savannah State University Delegation.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf welcomes Savannah State University Delegation.

 

 

The Honorary Consulate General Republic of Liberia and President and CEO of Global Strategies for Good, LLC, the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford and Ameila Ross-Hammond, Ph.D., Distinguished Faculty & Professor of Music; Director, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Campus Liaison, Norfolk State University, co-hosted an 8-day Service-Learning program in Liberia where Norfolk State students read to students at J.W. Pearson Elementary school, delivered much needed school supplies, traveled to the beautiful city of Robertsport to meet with the Superintendent of Grand Cape Mount County to discuss the eco-tourism and planted a vegetable garden with students at Senje Technical School.   The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the USAID Country Director, Minister of Education and other key officials, tour the City of Monrovia to see historic sites and to experience the wonderful culture, food and history of Liberia.

For more information on how to plan your trip to Liberia, please call the Liberian Consulate Office at (404) 565-1154.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta

On March 26, 2014, in Community, Events, Fundraiser, by The Liberian Consulate

ATLANTA-The Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta is proud to present its 28th Presidential Inauguration. LAMA Incumbent President Leo Mulbah, Vice President-Elect Mrs. Yahsyndi Martin Kpeyei and the new Corps of Officers will be sworn into their respective offices Saturday April 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

The evening ceremony will include the launch of the Capital Campaign for the building and development of the LAMA Community and Cultural Center. Funds raised will support the LAMA center programs to aid the community: Food bank,  Literacy center, computer lab, tutoring and education programs and utility assistance. Tickets for the event start at $20 and group rates are available. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please see Inauguration and Community Center Fundraiser Ceremony.

 

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Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America His Excellency Jeremiah Sulunteh and Mr. Doliakeh Quomie, First Secretary for Finance and Consular Affairs visit Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Open House Event  hosted by the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, Georgia held on October 14-16, 2013.

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On Monday, October 14, 2013, Ambassador Sulunteh participated in the Open House Celebration of the Liberian Consulate Atlanta, Georgia, with Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General, Atlanta, Georgia and First Secretary for Finance and Consular Affairs, Mr. Doliakeh Quomie by welcoming members of government, civic, academic, faith and community where approximately 100 were in attendance.

The new location is in downtown Atlanta, centrally located, near public transportation, and in walking distance from banks and restaurants. City of Atlanta Department of Aviation General Manager Mr. Louis Miller brought official remarks regarding a future Sister Airport Agreement between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Roberts International Airport. Honorable Blandford has been facilitating this discussion with the Director General Aviation, Mr. Archie Williams and airport authorities where there is early support of this Agreement. The Sister Airport Agreement is currently being prepared by airport authorities and will be sent forward for review and feedback once received by the Consul General.

The Ambassador, Mr. Quomie and the Consul General Blandford also met with the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA) leadership following the Open House, to discuss the Town Hall fundraising event scheduled for November 23, 2013, for the Joseph N. Boakai Community Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Ambassador Sulunteh, First Secretary Quomie, and the Consul General Blandford had Breakfast with President Carlton Brown, Clark Atlanta University (CAU), Chairman of Fulton County, John Eaves, Ph.D.; University of Liberia student Varbah Sorsor Chemistry major who is attending CAU on scholarship and Stephanie Evans, Ph.D., African American Studies professor at CAU.

Three University of Liberia students, including Patrick Sowah, Randolph Glee, Alhaja V. Kromah will be visiting Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2013, to learn about student governance, leadership and engagement strategies in collaboration with Clark Atlanta University and members of the University Consortium for Liberia (Kennesaw State University, Georgia Tech and others). CAU signed a Memorandum of Understand with the University of Liberia in 2013 to further mutual collaborations between the two institutions, with a specific focus on study abroad, faculty and student exchange and service learning, joint research and fundraising. There are 18 educational institutions currently engaged in the UCL with a goal of 30 by the end of 2014.

 

Recently, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac met with the Liberian U.S. Delegation in Liberia. The U.S. Delegation included Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, Georgia, Dr. David Smith, Savannah State University and Dr.  Emmanuel Naniuzeyi. The photo above is of the Ambassador and the Delegation at the Ambassador’s residence in Monrovia, Liberia.

 

Interested in traveling to Liberia? Contact us at the Liberian Consulate today to get your travel documents processed.  >> Click here to learn how get your VISAs for Liberia  today.

President Sirleaf Addresses 68th Session of UN General Assembly; Urges Nations to Commit to New Global Partnership that Promotes Economic and Social Transformation

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United Nations Headquarters, New York – On, September, 24, 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to reflect on the emerging challenges of the world, boldly seize new opportunities, and commit to a new global partnership that promotes economic and social transformations for an inclusive and shared prosperity for all.
“Today, more than at any other time, we have an opportunity to transform our world; to pursue and agenda that will eradicate poverty while at the same time sustaining nature to secure natural resources for future generations,” President Sirleaf stressed, adding that the solutions of yesterday may not apply to today’s challenges, so everyone must muster the courage to take bold steps.”

 

The Liberian Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia and her team are poised to assist Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the implementation of “Vision 2030” the agenda for transformation.  For information relating to travel and tourism, medical missions, trade and investment trips and study abroad, student exchange and faculty development, please go to our website at www.liberianconsulatega.comor www.globalstrategiesforgood.com for further information or call the office at (404) 565-1154.

Video: President Sirleaf Addresses 68th Session of UN General Assembly

>> Read more about President Sirleaf’s Address to the United Nations

5 - Coca-Cola Liberia Briefing - 2At the World Trade Center Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Company received a special painting from the Liberian Consulate, The Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, for their sponsorship support.

A special thanks goes to Alex Cummings, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at The Coca-Cola Company. Mr Cummings was acknowledged for his ongoing leadership and support of Liberia.

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