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     USAfrica Air Transportation Summit/Expo 2014

Technology as a Driver of US-Africa Air Service and Trade Development"

 


Miami - Dade County lays plan for Africa air routes, trade

Written by Samantha Joseph on January 8, 2014

Miami-Dade is working to launch air and trade links to Africa in the same way it nurtured relationships with Latin America.

Commissioner Dennis Moss asked county staff for a study to examine the possibility of a gateway between Miami-Dade and countries in western and southern Africa.

“We in the US have been hesitant to make that move, but Africa has tremendous potential,” he said. “Right now the Chinese are everywhere in Africa, and it’s because they realize the opportunities.”

The goal is to make Miami-Dade a center for business and travel between the US and Africa by creating airline routes and strengthening relationships between PortMiami and African seaports.   Read more

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AfrICANDO 2013
AfrICANDO 2013

Using the ATDC to Strengthen  the Supply Chain for African Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises

in the Americas"

Trade Expo

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Florida Governor Rick Scott presents ATDC officals: Fred, Oladeinde, President, right, and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC  to       the left with A Certificate of Accomplishment during the Trade Expo.   Also pictured (far left) is Manny Mencia, Senior VP, International    Trade, and Development Division, Enterprise Florida

Hon. Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Deputy Mayor, City of Doral is joined by Hon. Alie  Badara Mansaray, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone; and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC to the left. On the right is Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, Chairman, FDA, and Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida stops by     the ATDC Exhibit during the Trade Expo; the Govervenor is seen conversing with ATDC reps Evelyn Wynn, and Jennifer Greasley

AfrICANDO 2013: Textiles of Africa  Fashion Show  -  was organized in partnership with Ankara Miami, Inc.  The extravaganza presented local and international designers, including: Wamuiru   Couture (US), Yhaniqua Lopes (Angola), JAMA Collections  (Sierra Leone) and Patience Torlowei (Nigeria).  This culturally infused event provided an opportunity to participate in an electrifying night of fresh patterns, eclectic designs,  and bold attitudes, underscoring the talent and progression within the African Diaspora!

 

Participants in AfrICANDO Pavillion during the Trade Expo

Doral - Airport Chamber officials Fabio Galoppi, and a local Attorney FDA, Chairman, Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, and the Hon. Mansaray, Deputy    Minister Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone participate in ATDC Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony

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Anthony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC;  Student Delegate Gerre Barnwell, Graduate, Miami Carol High School; Ambassador Conteh; Deputy Chief of Sierra Leone Mission, Washigton, DC; Dr. Erahbor Ighodaro, City of Miami Gardens Councilman, and FDA Boardmember

Press Release

The City of Miami Gardens Councilman Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro will        lead a  small delegation of students from Miami Gardens to the        West African nation of Sierra Leone, July 31 – August 14, 2013.   The two-week   trip is designed to expose South Florida students to    the culture, economy, educational systems and business climate of one  of the fastest growing economies in the world: Africa.                    

“We live in a global village and in this competitive global market, our children must   be prepared to compete with their counterparts from China, Germany,  etc.,” explains Dr. Ighodaro. “For over a decade, this "Rites of Passage" program has allowed our school district to live up to  its motto of ‘giving students the world.’”  (Read full press release)

2013 AGOA Forum

on

US-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum

 “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology"

 

August 10 - 13, 2013  ♦  African Union Center ♦  Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Fred Oladeinde, President , The Foundation for Democracy in Africa, and Chair, AGOA CSO Network providing remarks during the Civil Society, Private Sector,  and AWEP Joint Session of    the Opening Session of the 12th US-Africa Trade & Economic Cooperation Forum

 

To read Mr. Oladeinde' S Remarks (click here)

Communiqué

AGOA Civil Society Forum

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Presented to 12th AGOA Ministerial Session

on

12th August 2013

African Union Commission Conference Center

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

H.E. Kebede Chane, Minister of Trade of the FDRE during the Joint Opening Session of Civil Society, the Private Sector, and AWEP

 

To Read H.E.Chane's Opening Remarks (click here!)

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman during the Opening Session of the AGOA Forum

Michael Froman's Speech

Gebremedhine Dagaga, Director, Ethiopia Consumer Protection Agency delivering the CSO Communiqué to the Ministerial Session of the 2013 AGOA Forum

Opening Remarks by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the FDRE

 

Opening Statement  by H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission (On behalf of H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AUC)

Achieving an African Green Growth through Trade and Technology: Focus on Renewable Resources               Presented by: Vicky B. McPherson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Attracting Emigrant Investments - Presented by: Carlos Rocha, Ph.D, Executive Board Member Cape Verde Investment Promotion Agency

Panelists for Session II  of the CSO Session of the 2013 AGOA Forum

 

  

 

Donald E. Booth, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia addressing CSO Delegates during the AGOA Forum

 

Ambassador Conteh of Sierra Leone addresses "Doing Businesss in Africa" participants (Click here to read Amb. Conteh's Speech).

 

Ambassor Conteh; Terry Jaramillo, Managing Director, Capital Interfunding Inc.; Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA

 

Join Us on July 25th, 2013 for the ATDC Seminar Series…

"Doing Business in Africa"

Investment Opportunities in West Africa with a focus  on Sierra Leone
Networking Opportunity followed by
Complimentary South African Wine Tasting

 

Expanding your business?  Africa…the new frontier!!! This   seminar includes a distinguished panel of local, national and international experts on trade and investment in West Africa

 

 H.E. Alhadji Ibrahim Sonie Conteh, Ambassador, and Deputy Chief        of Mission

Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States

             Keynote Speaker

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Vice-Mayor Bettina Rodriguez -Aguilera, City of Doral; and Anthony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC during the Doing Business in Africa Seminar Series at the Africa Trade Development Center
"Doing Business in Africa" Seminar Series Participants

Hon. Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami Dade County Florida giving the Welcoming Remarks and declaring the Summit open

(Click here for remarks)

Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International  Affairs, US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary     giving the Keynote Address.

 

Gershin Blyden MD, PhD Chairman The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA), welcoming participants to the Summit

(click to read remarks)

 

Vijay Poonoosamy, VP International & Public Affairs, Ethiad Airways, and Summit Chair welcome participants. To his right is Susan Kurland    Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs and Fred O. Oladeinde, President of the Foundation for Democracy in Africa  (FDA)       to his left

 

Bill Talbert President and CEO of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bueau  (GMCVB) moderator of SessionII: African Country Tourism Campaign that Excel,  to his right Ms. Inonge Limbanbala Mwenya, First Secretary, Embassy of Zambia, to his left Elhadji Abdul Aziz Gueye,   Director Senegal Tourism Authority and Mohamed Hegazy, Director of Egyptian Tourist Authority.

USAfrica Air Transportation and Tourism Summit - A US and

Africa Partnership

(Click here to read the Summit Book)

R-L,  Nick Faduga, President and CEO, AAfrican Aviation Services Ltd, moderator of Session III :The Role of Government in Tourism Promotion-Which Policies: How to Fund, Zemedeneh Negatu; Managing Partner Ethiopia and Head of Transaction Advisory Services, Ernest & Young LLP,  Hon. Uahekua Herunga; Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism,Republic of  Namibia and Solly Fourie, Head of Department: Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government, South Africa.

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Who's Traveling To Africa?

Christina Cassotis, Vice President & Leader ICF Practice, SH&E,          Inc.

 

R-L, Miguel Southwell, Deputy Director Business Retention & Development , Miami-Dade Aviation Department moderator Session V: Building World Class Tourism Campaign  Rolando Aedo, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, GMCVB, Paula Musto, Director, Public Affairs & Marketing, Port Miami and Paul Cohen, President and CEO, Partner Concept LLC 

R- L, Fred Oladeinde, FDA President,  Vijay Poonooosamy , VP International       & Public Affairs Ethiad Airways moderator of Session IV: Airline Rountable: Building Air Service in Africa -What Can Countries and Airports Do to Make Themselves Attractive to Carriers? next Angela Gittens; Director General,    Airports council International (ACID World) and Donald Foley; Director Pricing      & Interline, Arik Airlines , Ltd, and Captain A.J. Tolberts ; Chairman, Depart.       of Aviation and Safety, Florida Memorial University

Session VI: Successfully Selling The African Destination: The Perspective of Travel Industry. Moderator Fred O. Oladeinde, President the Foundation for Democracy in Africa R-L,  Dr. Gaynelle Henderson; Bailey, Henderson Travel & Tours , Nick Fadugba; President and CEO, African Aviation Services, Ltd., Elhadji Abdoul Aziz Gueye; Director, Senegal Tourism Authority.

Closing Session, Anthony D. Okonmah, Executive Director The Foundation for Democracy in Africa to his left Vijay Poonoosamy, VP Ethiard Airways and Summit Chair  and to his right Hon. Dennis C Moss, District 9,  Miami-Dade  Board of County Commissioners.

 

AfrICA Trade Development Center 

(ATDC)

 

Expanding US-Africa Trade by using South Florida as hub (read more)

 

  • Luncheon Speaker: Mr. Miguel Southwell Deputy Director Business Retention       & Development, Miami Dade Aviation Department                          

 

 

Hon. Dennis C.  Moss, District 9,  Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners,  addressing the Summit

Hon. Carlos A Gimenez , Mayor Miami Dade County, Hon.  Dennis C Moss,  District 9,  Board of County Commissioners,  Bill Talbert III, President & CEO GMCVB, Angela Gittens, Director General Airport  Council International, Vijay Poonoosamy, VP International and Public Affairs  Ethiad Airways, Anthony D. Okonmah, Executive Director FDA, Miguel Southwell Deputy Director Business Retention & Development Miami Dade Aviation Department, Gershwin Blyden, Chairman FDA,   Fred O. Oladeinde, President FDA.

Exhibit- Miami International Airport Pavilion


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Ongoing programs include FDA's Institute for Democracy in Africa, the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Civil Society Network, FDA's annual AfrICANDO conference as well as the biannual US-Africa Air Transportation Summit among others.
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