USAfrica

USAFRICA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
& EXPO

"Bridging the Gap and Building the Bridge"

2008 Conference Theme: African Economic Empowerment.

Georgia International Convention Center

2000 Convention Concourse
College Park, Georgia 30337
October 22 - 26, 2008
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

TENTATIVE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

  • Tue, 10.21.2008
  • Wed, 10.22.2008
  • Thur, 10.23.2008
  • Fri, 10.24.2008
  • Sat, 10.25.2008
  • Sun, 10.26.2008

3p.m--5.p.m - World Press Conference

Executive Conference Center

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

 

THE KING CENTER

449 AUBURN AVE .

10:00 – 10:10 am - Opening Invocation by Dr. Gerald Durley .

10:10 - 10:40 am - Tribute to Martin Luther King & Coretta King (Atlanta City Hall)

10:40 - 12:30 pm - Parade of Flags (54 African Nations Parade) & Historical Legacy of African Nations.

12.30 - 2 :30 p.m - Parade of Africa Nations.

CITY OF ATLANTA
55 Trinity Ave S.W

2.30—3.30 p.m - City of Atlanta Receives Africa/Diaspora

USAfrica Delegates and Participants.

Welcome and Greetings

  • Governor Sonny Perdue - State of Georgia.
  • Hon. Amb. Amina Salum Ali - African Union.
  • Councilman Jim Maddox - City of Atlanta.
  • Chief Tunde Adetunji, CEO - African Heritage Foundation.
  • Consul-General Chudi Okafor - Nigeria’s Consul General in Atlanta.
  • Mr. Tommy Dortch - Chairman of 100 black Men of America ,Inc
  • Amb Andrew Young - Andrew Young Foundation.

3:30 – 4:30 pm - Special Address/Greetings

  • Jorge Fernandez - Vice President, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
  • Charles Steele, Jr - President& CEO SCLC.
  • Isaac Farris - President/CEO, MLK Center
  • Mr. Joe Beasley - Civil Rights Activist.
  • Dr. Joseph Lowery - Civil Rights Activist.
  • Elizabeth Omilami - Director, Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry.

4:30 – 6:30 pm - Town Hall Meeting/Discussion of Diaspora Issues.

  • Ties Between Africa and United States of America.
  • USAfrica Economic Development Issues.
  • Diaspora Issues – Political, Economic, and Socio-Cultural.

6:30 - 8:00 pm - Diaspora Concert/Cultural Display by Participating Countries.

8:00 – 9:00 am - Registration, Refreshment, and Networking.

9:00 – 10:00 am - Welcome & Greetings by African Heritage Foundation Representative.

10:00 – 11:00 am - USAFRICA EXPO OFFICIAL OPENING

  • Special Opening Address by His Excellency,
    Ambassador Salum Ali, African Union - Africa: A Continent of Possibilities.
  • Ambassador Andrew Young – Africa is Open for Business.
  • Ambassador N.R.O. Ogego, Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S. Africa’s Development Potential
  • Consul General Chudi Okafor , Nigeria consulate in Atlanta.
  • Jorge Fernandez Vice President, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
  • Chief Tunde Adetunji - Reversing Africa’s Economic Slavery.
  • Mr Frances Atuche - MD, Bank PHB.

11:00 - 12:00 am - Special Address/Message

  • Councilman Kwanza Hall, City of Atlanta.
  • Councilman Jim Maddox, City of Atlanta.
  • Office of Mayor of College Park.
  • Africa Business Roundtable.

12:00 – 1:00 am - Roundtable Discussion - Partnership for African Development

  • Martin Luther King Center – Mr. Isaac Farris.
  • African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) – Representative.
  • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – Representative
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – Representative
  • South African Development Community (SADC) – Representative.
  • East African Community (EAC) – Representative.
  • All Africa Businesswomen Association (AABA) – Representative.

1:00 – 2.30 pm - Special Luncheon/Award.

Keynote Address by the Vice President of Nigeria or Representative.
Special Address by Hon. Ambassador of Kenya.

2.30 – 3.30 pm - Town Hall Meeting/Discussion

  1. “Bridging the Gap & Building the Bridge” through Expo.
  2. USAfrica Economic Relations.
  3. African Development.
  4. Leadership and Economic Development in Africa.

3.40 – 4.45 pm - Film Screening/Discussion

  • “ Africa Investment Horizons”by Carol Pineau.
  • - Africa Heritage Foundation, Inc.&
  • -Carlton Carew E.P Foundation Inc

5.30 - 7:00 pm - Exhibition/Networking.

  • Diaspora Cultural Display and Concert.

8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration, Refreshment, and Networking.

  • Special Address by Coca Cola

9:00 - 10:00 am - Special Greetings by African Heritage Foundation Representative.

10:00 - 12:00 pm - Exhibition Opening.

12:00 – 2:00 pm - Luncheon

  • - Special Address by Mr George Frazer, Fraser Net.
  • - Special Address by Consul General Chudi Okafor,
  • Consul General of Nigeria in Atlanta.
  • - Special Address by Dr. Bamanga Tukur, Africa Business Roundtable.
  • - Special keynote Address by Chief Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President.
  • - Keynote Address by Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, African Union.

2:00 - 3:00 pm - Panel Discussion – Trade, Investment, and Financing Businesses.

  1. The Role of Banking and Financial Venture Capital in Africa
    • Mr. Francis Atuche, Managing Director, Bank PHB.>
  2. Foreign Direct Investment and Financing Business Investments in Africa
    • Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President for Africa Region, World Bank.
    • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank.
  3. Investment Opportunities in Africa
    • Mr. George Frazer, Fraser Net.
    • Chief Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria deputy Senate President.
    • Mr. Glen Huenstein, Executive Vice President, Network Management.
    • - Amb.NRO Ogego, Kenya Ambassador to the U.S.

3:00 - 4:00 pm - Roundtable Discussion - Encouraging Business Transactions in Africa

  • Professor Ndidi Okereke, Director-General, Nigeria Stock
  • Exchange –Moderator.
  • Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Congress.
  • Mr. Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta Airlines.
  • Mr. Mike Campbell, Executive Vice President,
  • Human Resources.
  • Mr. Jorge Fernandez, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Klaus Klaber, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
  • Theresa Walker, Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce.
  • Gwenette Chamber of Commerce.
  • Harlem Chamber of Commerce.
  • Airliort Chamber of Commerce.
  • South Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
  • Atlanta Business League.
  • City of College Park Chamber of Commerce.
  • Coca Cola.
  • A.T.& T. Communication
  • 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Business Dialogue

  1. United States Department of Commerce.
  2. Nigeria Export Promotion Council.
  3. Nigeria Import Promotion Council.
  4. Nigeria Investment Promotion Council.
  5. National Troupe of Nigeria.

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Roundtable Discussion: Women’s Perspectives on African Development:

Issues and Prospects

  • Professor Adeline I. Apena, Ph.D. CUNY, New York - Panel Moderator.
  • Ms. Oghale Kolo, Golden Living Center, Marrietta.
  • Professor Abiola A. Fapetu, DBA, Montreat College.
  • Ms. LaVerne Adekunle, President/Founder LaVerne Intl.Ventures, LLC.,
  • Professor Omoh Ojior, Ph.D., Onima Institute USA.
  • Professor D. Arekpita Ogirri, Ph.D. Strayer University.

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Concert/Entertainment.

8:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast & Networking.

  • Special Address by Bank PHB

9:00 - 10:00 am - Panel Discussion - Africa’s Development Options and Opportunities

  • Professor Abiola A. Fapetu, DBA., Montreat College, Panel Chair.
  • Professor Adeline I. Apena, Ph.D., City University of New York(CUNY).
  • Julia Wilson, President/Founder, Wilson Global Communications & Executive Producer of “On the Continent.”
  • Chief Tunde Adetunji, President/CEO, African Heritage Foundation.
  • George Manning, Partner-in-Charge in Atlanta, Jones Day Law Firm.
  • LaVerne Adekunle, President/Founder, LaVerne Intl. Ventures LLC.
  • Timothy Webster, President/CEO, Timothy Maurice & Associates, Intl. Image Consulting & Design Firm, Johannesburg, South Africa.

10:00 - 11:00 pm - Panel Discussion - Strategies and Potentials for Africa’s Development

in the 21st Century and Beyond

  • Pofessor D. Arekpita Ogirri, Ph.D., Strayer University, Panel Chair.
  • Professor Isaac Owolabi, Ph.D., Montreat College.
  • Professor Abiola A. Fapetu, DBA, Montreat College.
  • Professor Alfred Lewis, DBA, Montreat College.
  • Professor Saba Jallow, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University.
  • Professor Olu Olatidoye, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University.

11:00 – 12:00 pm - Panel Discussion

  1. The Impact of Environmental Changes on Africa’s Development

    • Professor Moses Tesi, Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University, Panel Co-Chair.
  2. Business Ventures and Electronic Commerce for Africa’s Development
    • Professor John Kitoko, Ph.D., Strayer University, Panel Co-Chair.
  3. Health Issues and African Development Challenges and Opportunities
    • Professor John Oziegbe Ojeifo, MD; Ph.D., Onima Institute.
    • Electrical Engineering and Power Generation for Africa’s Development
    • - Dr. Bolanle Onodipe, Ph.D., Intel Corporation.

12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch.

1:30 – 2:30 pm - Roundtable Discussion/Proposals from Various States of Nigeria

  • The Executive Governor
    1. Bayelsa State
    2. Rivers State
    3. Delta State
    4. Cross-River State
    5. Edo State
    6. Nassarawa State
    7. Plateau State
    8. Niger State
    9. Kebbi State
    10. Kaduna State
    11. Ekiti State
    12. Ondo State.

2:30 – 3:30 pm - Town Hall Meeting/Discussion

  • “Bridging the Gap & Building the Bridge” through the Africa Village Project”
  • USAfrica Economic Development Expo.
  • White Papers & Communiqué

3:30 – 4:30 pm - Town Meeting/Discussion

  • - Special Address by Mr. Charles Steele, Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
    • The Role of Religion in Societal Development.
  • - Chief Tunde Adetunji, Africa Heritage Foundation
    • “Bridging the Gap and Building the Bridge”& The "African Village Project."
  • Creation of the Six Development Regions in Africa.
  • How to turn Brain Drain into Brain Gain.

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Expo - Exhibition

5:30 - 8:00 pm - Banquet Gala/Award Night.

8:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast.

9:30 - 12;30 am - Ecumenical DIASPORA worship service

12;00-1;00 pm - - Parade of Flags Closing Ceremony