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.
Open House Event Video Slideshow
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.
Please join the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia and the Honorable Amelia Ross-Hammond, Ph.D., Director of Service Learning Norfolk State University and City Council woman Virginia Beach for SERVICE- LEARNING EDUCATION & BUSINESS MISSION TRIP 2014, in Monrovia, Liberia, March 8-16, 2014. Three academic credit hours offered to students.
Participate in exciting Service Learning activities including a Market Women’s initiative, tutor and mentor youth, plant a garden or help beautify a local park. You will also have the chance to meet with students and faculty at the University of Liberia, Ministers of Government, tour Monrovia and eat tasty Liberian dishes, walk the beautiful sandy beaches, visit the first African-American President Dr. Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ gravesite, the National Museum and where freed slaves landed on Providence Island and much more!
The Travel Package is $4,100 includes round-trip airfare on Delta Air Lines, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, city tours, and VIP receptions. All taxes and fees included. First payment of $700 due by November 13, 2013. Open to students, faculty, staff, business men and women and the community.
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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.
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President Sirleaf Addresses 68th Session of UN General Assembly; Urges Nations to Commit to New Global Partnership that Promotes Economic and Social Transformation
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.
Video: President Sirleaf Addresses 68th Session of UN General Assembly
At 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.
The Liberian Consulate will be moving to a new office starting next week!
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The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) luncheon, held on June 14, 2013, was organized by The Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford (Liberian Consulate General and UCL Founder) and her team, was attended by over 41 participants representing 12 Universities and Colleges from Georgia and Alabama (see list below). The Honorable Christopher Nippy and the Honorable Doliakah Quoimie from the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia were special guests at the luncheon.
After of the blessing of the meal by Reverend Robert S. Wulah, Senior Pastor, Liberian Christian Fellowship and Vice President of the Liberian Ministers Association, Mr. Tom Crick, Associate Director Conflict Resolution of the Carter Center, introduced the guest speaker. During opening remarks, Honorable Christopher Nippy, First Secretary for Political and Consular Affairs, shared the educational needs of Liberia, while emphasizing the bright future that lies ahead for this great nation. He also challenged UCL partners to make good on promises already made, and welcomed others to join the work. The luncheon included the installation of Dr. Carlton Brown as the first President of the UCL. Dr. Brown’s first act as president was to call the meeting to order and, to invite a representative from each University and College to share their past, present, and future work for the country of Liberia (five updates attached). The luncheon appropriately culminated as each partner was pinned with a small Liberian flag on their left shoulder. This symbolic action represents the collaboration and unity that the UCL pledged towards educational endeavors in the country of Liberia, West Africa. The Liberian Consul General, a MAP Board member recently returned from a trip to Liberia with the MAP President to present medical supplies and materials to various communities to help combat the ulcer and other medical ailments.
Over the next few weeks, Hon. Blandford will meet with Dr. Brown to provide a more detailed framework for the UCL including establishing UCL as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Georgia State University, Savannah State University and the Technical College System of Georgia will be participating in an educational needs assessment August 31 – September 9, 2013, in Liberia, hosted by the Honorary Consul General to further the mission of the UCL and in keeping with the “Vision 2030” to help build an educated and trained workforce to support a future middle class in Liberia.
- Clark Atlanta University
- Georgia Tech
- Georgia State University
- University of Georgia
- The Carter Center
- Emory University
- Savannah State University
- Kennesaw State University
- Atlanta Technical College
- Tuskegee Institute
- Mercer University
- Technical College System of Georgia
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Special thanks to the Honorary Consul General’s Circle of Friends for their professional assistance in the planning and organizing of this event and to the Coca-Cola Company for their generous sponsorship.
This year’s Liberian Business Forum, held on June 13, 2013, incorporated the “Vision 2030” agenda, Liberia’s long-term vision for social-economic and political transformation and development social and economic development. The forum, which was organized by The Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia, and her team, was attended by a total of 125 guests. The Honorable Christopher Nippy, First Secretary for Political and Consular Affairs, and The Honorable Doliakah Quoimie were special guest from the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, Washington D.C.
Opening remarks regarding the importance of economic investment in developing countries were brought forward by Steven Brereton, the Consul General of Canada and Vice Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps, thereby confirming the international interest in Liberia. The President of the World Trade Center Atlanta, the Honorable John Parkerson, Honorary Consul General Hungary, provided remarks on behalf of the World Trade Center and expressed appreciation in partnering with and hosting the Liberian Consulate Office at their location. Dr. Etrenda Dillon, President of The Global Center for Teaching, Learning and Development (GCTLD), introduced Hon. Nippy as the keynote speaker for the day.
Honorable Christopher Nippy then took the chance to brief the attendants on Liberia’s civil war history, its steps toward a peaceful transformation of the country, and most importantly its growing economic development. He further laid out the various natural resources and their potential as sources for growth in Liberia, thus encouraging foreign investment in the country. Honorary Nippy also highlighted the increased import and export taking place in Liberia’s national ports. During a Question & Answer session the attendants showed a keen interest in Liberia and its future social and economic role, both regional and international.
Curtis Foltz, the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, underlined Honorary Christopher Nippy’s remarks on the importance of national ports and international port agreements, as can be found in the Sister Port Agreement between the Georgia Ports Authority and the National Ports Authority of Liberia. Michael Nyenhuis, President of MAP International, a Christian relief organization that recently launched a Buruli Ulcer project in Liberia, presented an opportunity for partners to engage non-profit organizations in their research, internship and collaboration efforts. The Liberian Consul General, a MAP Board member recently returned from a trip to Liberia with the MAP President to present medical supplies and materials to various communities to help combat the ulcer and other medical ailments.
Further remarks and proclamations concluded the Liberian Business Forum and gave way for a prosperous future collaboration between the United States and Liberia. The Governor of the State of Georgia, the Honorable Nathan Deal’s office provided a welcome letter and proclamations were provided by the Honorable Stacey Abrahams, Minority Whip of the State House of Representatives, Commissioner John Eaves, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, the Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta and the Atlanta City Council.
The event was followed by a reception, during which the attendants had the chance to receive further information, exchange ideas and discuss their potential role in Liberia’s economic development.
Special thanks to the Honorary Consul General’s Circle of Friends for their professional assistance in the planning and organizing of this event and to the Coca-Cola Company and the Georgia Ports Authority for their generous sponsorship support.
The Education & Business Conference 2012 Liberia “Issues in Tertiary Education, The Global Bridge Connecting Education, Business and Community” was launched in support of the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL), an initiative developed by Cynthia Lynn Blandford, The Liberian Honorary Consul General in Atlanta, Georgia. UCL was established with the mission to “lift Liberia by coordinating diverse academic efforts for increased impact.” The UCL initiative was launched in June 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in collaboration with the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C. with a particular focus on the University of Liberia and other tertiary institutions in the country.
Read the Impact Report Executive Summary_Web version here.
In furtherance of this effort, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, in March 2012, co-hosted the Liberian Business Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, in collaboration with the Liberian Consulate and Global Strategies for Good at Clark Atlanta University (CAU, where more than 300 business attended and where there was a Call for Action from the Vice President that “Liberia is Open for Business.” On July 2, 2012, the President of the University of Liberia and the President of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU), Dr. Emmet Dennis, co-hosted the UCL meeting with the Liberian Consulate and Dr. Carlton Brown, CAU President, identifying key needs of tertiary education in Liberia. These needs included How to Manage Resources at the University Level; Challenges of Tertiary Education; Entrepreneurship in the Liberian Context; Leadership Development and Ethics; Models of STEM Education; How to Transition into Four Year Colleges/Universities and Real Work Experiences; Student and Faculty Exchanges and Study Abroad and Workforce Development in the New Liberia. In addition to CAU, other UCL member institutions participating at this meeting included Emory University, the University of Georgia, the Carter Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Technical School and others.
Together we agreed that a conference would be held in Monrovia October 1-3, 2012, to help address the challenges of tertiary education in Liberia in collaboration with the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU). Dr. Carlton Brown, incoming chair for UCL, took the challenge to bring his key faculty to Liberia to include the Dean of the School of Business Administration, Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemistry and the Director of Faculty and Student Exchange to help provide leadership, support and solutions. The Liberian Consulate, CAU, Global Strategies for Good, LLC, CAU and the ALU began the planning process for the Republic of Liberia’s first Education and Business Conference.
The 2-day Education and Business conference impacted more than 300 students, faculty, staff, government, civic and community who attended the conference held at Monrovia City Hall and where more than 40 speakers participated. Thousand of dollars were generated in the local Liberian economy to support hotels, transportation, and facilities providing income for consultants, caterers, drivers & student interns. A few educational scholarships were also provided to students.
The U.S. Delegation totaled twenty-one of which four were Liberians from the Diaspora who provided conference leadership and support. Five in the delegation opened up small business entities in the country including Security, Mining, IT Solutions, Travel and Tourism and E-Commerce. The sheer intellectual capital provided by 8 College and University Presidents and more than 20 Deans and faculty was immeasurable. Three Liberian student interns from UL and A.M.E. University provided hands-on support to the U.S. delegation. The Liberian business and industry participation totaled 7 including Firestone, Sami Darby, Delta Air Lines, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the National Oil Company, the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company and the Liberian Telecommunications Company. An outcome of the conference will be a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CAU and UL to further outline the way forward in terms of faculty and student exchange, joint research and fundraising efforts, on-line courses, book donations, to name a few.
Note, that in addition to the conference, site-visits and private discussions took place between CAU, the U.S. Delegation and the faculty and staff at the UL and Fendel Campuses to conduct a general needs assessment and to build relationships. Reports and recommendations are also included in the detailed Impact Report, that will only be made available to key stakeholders for review and further consideration.
For further information, please contact Cynthia Blandford Nash at 404-565-1154.
Cynthia Lynn Blandford
Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia
President/CEO, Global Strategies for Good , LLC|
As Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia and President and CEO of Global Strategies for Good, LLC, it gives me great pleasure to provide you with the “Issues in Tertiary Education in Liberia” 2012, The Global Bridge Connecting Education, Business and Community Conference, Impact Report Executive Summary for your review and consideration.
We have attempted to provide you with a high-level review of the impact of the 2012 conference and a summary of the major discussion points of the panelists. We also shared highlights of the various meetings and site-visits held at the University of Liberia and Fendel Campuses and provided some recommendations and suggestions for next steps, including fundraising strategies, the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between UL and CAU, and the launching of a 1-2 week student exchange program between the UL and CAU student government associations next year, to name a few.
We recognize that there is much work left to be done. However, we are committed to moving this work forward with Clark Atlanta University, the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU) , business stakeholders and the community to help further the discussions on improving tertiary education in Liberia. We are particularly interested in furthering our discussions with the business community to better understand the skills needed to help put people to work and to help improve the quality of life for Liberians.
A special thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Joseph N. Boakai, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, and his staff, Chief of Staff, Steve Stevquoah, George Saah, Public Relations; Dr. Carlton Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University (incoming University Consortium for Liberia Chair); Dr. Emmet Dennis, President, the Association of Liberian Universities and the University of Liberia; Dr. Walter Wiles, UL’s Vice President Institutional Advancement and Dr. Siaam Naami, ALU’s Secretary General; Dr. Albert Coleman, Ministry of Education, and UL’s Michelle Stubblefield, for their vision and support of this important work. To Henry Taylor, CAU’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations and Katrina Strickland, Executive Director, Global Leadership Academy for their tireless efforts and in coordinating CAU’s faculty involvement and to the outstanding contributions of the CAU faculty including Dr. Charles Moses, Dean, School of Business Administration, Dr. Olu Olatidoye, Professor, Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Eric Mintz, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Paul Brown, Director of Global Education, Study Abroad and Student Exchange.
Finally, to my Chief of Staff, Maryalice O. Moses and Ardella Y. Blandford, Special Assistant for their commitment and excellent work and to our speakers, volunteers and interns for taking the time and effort to make their contributions to this important conversation. A special thanks to Wilfred T. Harris, Advance Team Lead, Wellington VanPelt, Moderator, U.K. Jones, Photography/Videography, Darren Wilkins, IT Support and Press Coordinator Joseph Reeves, Chairman of the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA) for their leadership and support. Appreciation to our student Interns Saki Golafale, UL Class of 2011 Chemistry, Melvinia Jallah, A.M.E. University Business Major and Brezhnev Passewe, UL Sociology for providing excellent service and assistance to our U.S. Delegation.
Of course this work could not be done without our sponsors including GSG, the Liberian Consulate, the Liberian Government, Delta Air Lines, CAU, UL, ALU, the Mayor of Monrovia, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, Link2Link and J.Lane Media.
I look forward to the future and in working with you!
Honorary Consul General
Republic of Liberia
Consulate | Atlanta, Georgia