Liberian Consulate Hosts Successful Vice Presidential Visit to Atlanta Culminating in a Business Summit
Atlanta, Georgia: Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 – Liberia: A Rising Star in the Emerging Markets was held in Atlanta, Georgia attracted nearly 300 participants interested in establishing, building and sustaining business ties with the Republic of Liberia.
The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012, convened by the Consul General of the Republic of Liberia-(Georgia), Cynthia Lynn Blandford in collaboration with the U.S. Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. William V.S. Bull, was held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the historic Clark Atlanta University.
It was one of several important meetings held during the visit of the Vice President of Republic of Liberia, H.E. Joseph Nyma Boakai along with several high ranking officials from the country.
In addition to the summit, special meetings were attended by the delegation including:
On March 27, 2012, the Acting Mayor of The Monrovia City Corporation, Honorable Mary T. Broh, and the Honorary Consul General of The Republic of Liberia, Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford, received a resolution from Honorable Michael Julian Bond, Councilman – City of Atlanta, in honor of The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012.
On March 28, 2012, The Liberian Delegation attended a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center that involved a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the civil rights leader. In attendance was Reverend Bernice King, Liberian Vice President H.E. Joseph N. Boakai, H.E. William V.S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S., and the Honorary Consul General, Cynthia Lynn Blandford as well as other distinguished guests. Rev. King was extended an official invitation to visit Liberia to discuss The King Philosophy of non-violent social change. In addition, the delegation met with Reverend Raphel Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. >> View Photo Gallery
On March 28, 2012, The Liberian Delegation met with key members of The Carter Center to discuss ongoing special projects being undertaken by The Carter Center in collaboration with the Liberian government to address capacity-building in the areas of mental health and democracy. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter greeted the delegation during their private tour of The Carter Presidential Library. >> View Photo Gallery
On March 29, 2012, the law firm of Troutman Sanders and former Speaker of the House, Terry Coleman hosted a business lunch session for the delegation to network and discuss a potential Sister City program between Savannah, Georgia and Monrovia, Liberia and to discuss potential business and investment opportunities.
The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 was held on March 30, attracted nearly 300 participants representing investors, small to medium sized businesses, academia and faith-based leaders. Clark Atlanta University’s President, Dr. Carlton Brown and Provost Joseph Silver pledged their support to the Vice President and delegation members in fostering an educational exchange and trade support for the country. An official invitation was extended to the President to visit Liberia by the Vice President.
Panel presentations at the business summit focused on the following topics: import/export opportunities and how to do business in Liberia; investment and contracting; Chevron’ Social Investment Program; petroleum and refinery opportunities; and municipal services. High ranking members of the Liberian government served as panel members, including: Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ciata Bishop, Executive Director of the National Investment Commission, Chevron’s Social Performance Team Leader, Nadeem Anwar; T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director of Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia and key members of the Liberian Chamber of Commerce.
Former Governor Sonny Perdue provided brief remarks at the summit and met with key officials from the country to express his interest in trade and investment in the country.
A special commemorative box of essential medicines was presented by MAP International and the Honorary Consul General to the Vice President in recognition of MAP’s $4 Billion historic milestone in distributing medicines to help suffering people throughout the world. MAP’s donation to Liberia was given at the summit which presented a $2 million commitment in medical supplies to the country to more than 39 medical clinics.
Senator Donzella James provided a resolution to the Vice President in honor of the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit and pledged support to Liberia. The event ended with a reception at the Capital City Club co-hosted by The Coca-Cola Company Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Alex B. Cummings and the office of the Consul General of Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford.
Sponsors included: The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Chevron, MAP International, Clark Atlanta University, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, The Monrovia City Corporation, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metro Atlanta Chapter, the Georgia Ports Authority, the World Trade Center Atlanta, Barnes and Thornburg, Link2Link, J.Lane Media and others.