Monday, September 1, 2014

The “Africa Forward” in Sustained Economics & Community Development Public Private Partnership

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Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc., Aims and Objectives for “African Forward” before and after African Leadership Summit in August 2014:

While the fulfillment of commitment of Kennedy’s project to Africa’s Peace Corp were inaugurated at the White House in August 1961, so the African Leadership Summit is going to take place in the same month of August.

Through the Peace Corps, President John F. Kennedy sought to encourage mutual understanding between Americans and people of other nations and cultures.  It is historically significant that, within the same month of August, US is in the process of formalizing Public Private Partnership investment cooperation with Africa through the African Diaspora connection.  This is expected to provide a more permanent lasting relationship that which provide an improved relationship which will stop the adverse effect of Corporate hegemony, where the social, cultural, ideological, and economic influence exerted by a dominant group where some few corporate business interest in Africa, contributed to extreme poverty which caused a lot of pain and sufferings to Africa people. These can be realized in such instances of Structural Adjustments and the privatization of public corporations.

We as African Diaspora have fundamental concerns that are attached to historical values with cultural heritage viewpoints in anticipation prior to the meeting, and would like to present our position in regards to African Leadership forthcoming summit in the USA.  This we would like to present to President Obama with his team, the role and place of African Diaspora in this important historical event, which the Summit will require full attention where with African Diaspora investment interest in Africa, America have better opportunity and stands to gain in economic balancing in the leverage the Chinese have put on the ground in Africa in the scramble to Africa as follows:

1) Land Grabbing which is turning catastrophic and deadly, destroying African livelihood and making many Africans homeless by displacing them from their homes and instead ending up on the streets as homeless.
2)   Destruction of Natural Habitat such like in Congo where threats to Virunga, Africa’s oldest park is under attack and there is need for it to be protected by habitat instead of it being exploited by Corporate business interest
3)   The conflict in the Niger Delta river arose in the early 1990s over tensions between foreign oil corporations and a number of the Niger Delta's minority ethnic groups who feel they were being exploited, particularly the Ogoni and the Ijaw.
4)   Mining sector by corporate business interest is robbing Africa huge sums of money without leaving behind monitory value or paying taxes from the same
5)   The Corporate Business sector do not involve and incorporate the local community after they have been forced out of their land for a balance of shared responsibilities as stakeholders
6)   Foreign Direction Investments by African Diaspora Remittances to Africa holds good credit bargain to qualify Africa to join in the Global Market-Place for better bargain of Africa's wealth and resources
7) The Dominion Farms by Calvin Burgess who have displaced people from their homes in Siaya and also directed Dykes of water that killed many people and drove people away from their homes with airplane spraying that has caused sickness and with many deaths.  It is sad that, in the long run, peoples interest, cultural heritage, traditional foods, land, health and security will be compromised lacking value for their shared responsibility as stakeholders.  A better negotiation for shared interest in Partnership with stakeholders would be a more better deal instead.
8) Africa's Labour-force is marginalized and are driven out of business, job creation  including sustainable employment opportunity, and in their place, an example of Chinese with imported workers take African place instead.  This is unacceptable and it is time to do things differently. 
9) Tribalism and discrimination in Kenya is causing disharmony and this kind of situation falls short of constitutional mandate for compliance.  It is about time the Civil Society engage the Judicial Courts to address these issues of illegitimacy of Governance.
10) Political, Social and Economic Business must be engaged differently where PPP - Private Public Partnership with African Diaspora who will bring greater opportunity for changes towards Progressive Development done differently with core value in honoring fundamental basic Human Rights. 

It is my desired interest that all political leaders, the business community, the Local NGOs, the Local Community Social Welfare groups, network together shall engage in creating viable opportunities that will bring peace and harmony in Africa moving forward.

We are urging President Uhuru and Ruto with all other political leaders, the business men and women and team to critically observe these elements and put policies that will safeguard lives in Kenya/Africa and avoid discrimination of tribal groups, refrain from marginalization, keep off from re-colonization of Africa, or displacements Labour-Force by the Chinese with driving people from their communal Traditional Land to give advantage to the Corporate Special Business Interest; rather fairly, negotiate for favorable land usage and investments with the local community of the  people of Africa which will safeguard from Land Grabbing etc., 

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Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

This memo is in response to the Press Release by Melvin P Foote, President of The Constituency for Africa, posted on 19th May 2014 on AllAfrica and the Executive post.

Diaspora members from the group of “African Forward” share many points of convergences between Mel Foote associates on one hand, with members of our committee on the other.  We observe that, there are crucial African opinions that need to be addressed and attitudes that have been expressed towards the forthcoming White House African Presidential Summit.  As Advocates for “Africa Forward”, we are obligated to share with Mr. Mel Foote and his colleagues the following points of convergence:

1.   Considering the historical significance of this summit, and since President Barak Hussein Obama is the first from African descent to serve as U.S. President, it is certainly necessary and mostly significant for him to organize a rare summit of its own kind. Historically speaking, it was President John Fitzgerald Kennedy who took the initiative to invite the leaders of the emerging African countries soon after Ghana’s independence.  President Kwame Nkrumah’s first visit to the United States of America with President Kennedy, was historically significant to the African people. Because of this meeting, President Kennedy benefitted from his pre-presidential contacts with the emerging leaders of Africa who went to Ghana during the early times of Africa’s independence from their colonial masters. It should be noted also that, Vice President Richard Nixon representing U.S.A at that moment, gave the Kennedys opportunity to make friends in Africa and as well influence people. Consequently, at that first African conference of national liberation movement for African leaders, the Kennedys’ sought African cooperation as a result, their overtures proved beneficial in their Africa policy.  Mr. Tom Mboya of Kenya, who chaired that meeting in Accra in 1958, later spoke to Senator Kennedy before his election and inauguration.  The relevance of that historical moment is evident in the Late Tom Mboya memoirs contained in his now widely quoted book, Freedom and after (1964). As we now speak of a new deal between the United States of America and the African continent, it is appropriate to remind our readers about the now forgotten call for a Marshall Plan for Africa by Tom Mboya. Not only did he cooperate with the Kennedys in the implementation of the Great Airlift for Kenyan students, but he himself also contributed a personal check of five thousand dollars at the time from his family foundation.  The Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation contributed $100,000 for that venture. In connecting the dots, it is definitely relevant to state it here and categorically that, when the late Senator Ted Kennedy is now celebrated as the Last Lion of the Kennedy Family who endorsed Senator Obama at American University to run for the US Presidency, history was again running full circle. This White House Summit on Africa Leadership to USA, is another indispensable history in the making between USA with Africa and where, history between USA with Africa shall present intrinsic phenomenon to both Mel Foote with us standing together on familiar ground that which is related to Africa’s progressive values.

2.   Taking historical values into perspectives, diversity of opinions are truly healthy and in principle; we hold dear to historical consideration that gives direction from where we are coming to where we are going, giving capacity meaning to real virtue of African lifestyle.  For example, if we take into consideration how the Late Tom Mboya politically collaborated with African Freedom fighters and engaged internationally to bring Independence to Africa and Kenya. It is significant that he planted seeds of continuity. It all started sometimes in 1958 at All-Africa Peoples Conference convened by Kwame Nkurumah of Ghana.  Tom Mboya was elected as the Conference Chairman at an early age of 28.  When Kenya got independence in 1963, Tom Mboya became the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, a position he utilized to shape the future of Independent Kenya.  In 1964, Kenya became Independent with Tom Mboya being appointed the Minister of Economic Planning and Development. Because of Tom Mboya, Kenya presently has a remarkable American school known as “Kenya Starehe Centre” which is instrumental for positive change and development in the Kenya/American Partnership which also followed with National Youth Services in Kenya.  Kenya Starehe Center was founded in 1959 by an American called Geoffrey William Griffin and Patrick David Shaw “The Crime Buster”, “Teaching Beyond Teaching”. The late Tom Mboya became an African philanthropist hero from his Charismatic Pan-Africanist, Freedom Fighter, A Trade Unionist, Politician and the Greatest President Kenya Never had.  The late Tom Mboya was instrumental with the help of JF Kennedy in the Air Lift of the first US students from Kenya to America, where Obama Snr. Was amongst those students airlifted to USA.  This is African/American history President Obama became part of, which in our opinion is a historical value for African Diaspora.

3.   The other point of convergence is the common realization of the changed climate of opinions in the world, no longer is overwhelmed by the dictates of the Cold War, but are seriously challenged by the demands of the time, e.g. fight against poverty, against famine, safety and security which includes,  Social, Political and Economic collapse with insecurity.  It is therefore critical for Africa and United States to come up with new ideas that have meaningful purpose which are necessary to provide meaningful cooperation in the 21st. century.  Together, it is imperative for all of us to press for a new dialogue, between African leaders and their counterparts in the United States of America. Such a dialogue can only take place when we start with what we know and build on what we have. Both Michael Foote and the advocates for Africa Forward agree on the urgency for a new deal on American-African relations. Unlike the old order dictated by the thoughts and practices of the Cold War, those of us who call for a new day must identify the new building blocks for social and economic change in Africa. What are these stones for the creation of an African edifice? They are the peoples of the 47 countries invited to the White House Summit on Africa. Being represented at the United Nations and other specialized agencies, and being very serious about their claims for sovereignty, the leaders of the African Union and the specialized regional entities must look at the political geography of the continent and the historical demands from members of their Diasporas. This turn of events in world history is the result of the new processes of modernization and globalization. If Africa is to play a more effective role in world affairs, her leaders as well as her citizens abroad must construct the structures of peace-making at home and the development of engagement strategies between their peoples and others in the world.

4.   The fourth point of convergence centers on the urgency for dialogue between the leaders of the African countries and their African Diaspora. Not only must they bring better results from their continental and regional ties, but they must also draw from the tools of modernity and globalization to feed on the benefits of social media and the creativities of their young people. Here the role and place of labor and finances in the service of Africa comes to play. Again, the role and place of the women beg for attention.  But while focusing on the points of convergence between the Constituency for Africa and those of us advocating for Africa Forward, we should simultaneously underscore the points of divergence between us that calls for immediate attention as follows:

a)   First of all, let us remind Mr. Foote and his colleagues that the New Climate of Global Opinions tells us not to overplay our Americanism at the expense of American diplomatic engagement with Africans and others beyond.   By playing politics with the Map of Africa and by wrapping it under the shadows of the American Flag; we unconsciously expose ourselves to ridicule and political jingoism from radical African nationalists who are most likely vulnerable to the ideological propaganda of the emerging foes of America in these new days of economic and political rivalry. Remember, South Africa is a part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

b)   The second point of divergence between us and Mr. Foote rests on his call for a dialogue with the members of the Cooperate Council for Africa.  The Diaspora must be involved in setting up these things, as presently the Bloomberg and Chamber of Commerce are not involving African Diaspora  in what they are doing.  There is nothing wrong with such advocacy, but rather, we feel the proposition is inadequate because it is not collectively inclusive with all leadership of African Diaspora.  It is dangerous and unwise to call for their participation without making definite arrangements for members of the continental African business communities.  There are African counterparts of the members of the Corporate Council for Africa. In order to do justice to the members of the African Chambers of Commerce, it is imperative for all of us to create room for the wider African Diaspora groups. Time is running fast and without deliberate acts on our part, the summons of history will be missed.

c)   The Constituency for Africa and the advocates for Africa Forward are not clear in the inclusion of the African Diaspora participation and dialogue. Our proposal here is historical and we feel it should not be left behind to be forgotten. Not only do we join all interested parties in making this event success, but we look forward to the post Obama era. By thinking carefully and critically, we may be able to point to new directions for what we are beginning to call Obama’s New Ark. Like the Prophet Noah, who save his people and believing in generations of his humankind, our President metaphorically could begin to lay the foundations of re-inventing African Recovery from self-denegation, self-humiliation through the chains of economic poverty and political slavery, and self-denial from crass materialism, political instability and the lack of good governance and transparency.

d)   By avoiding the burning issues that confront the African leadership, and by not bringing these issues to the attention of the American people and their leaders, those of us now calling for a New Deal between America and Africa must now talk about African resources and African humanity. With respect to African resources we must pay close attention to what is happening to these African assets and what African leaders are doing with them. Caught in the growing rivalry between developed and the undeveloped nations of the world, it is important for us to give meaning to this summit by reminding each other how African resources constitute major bones of contention at the summit. Water, Energy, Agriculture, Health, Education, Security, Innovation and Industrialization transfers are important items in our list. Africa could play a big role in this day and age. For example, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become the trillion dollar nation with respect to water. Water and Energy, should be the new mantra for those who think and feel New Africa require a facelift. President Obama and his team must bring about the spirit of the African Diaspora to heart with the thinking how advocates shall provide for green consciousness in America/Africa relations and beyond.  Through this new consciousness, the people of the DRC and the rest of the continent will make adequate use of their resources such as water falling from the heavens and the mineral resources that keep our air force over the earth and the forests that give the Japanese their tooth –pick. These obvious examples which beg for immediate attention.

e)   Another bone of contention between us and the rest in this debate revolves around the role and place of remittances in this whole equation. In our view, Africa is caught in a paradoxical situation. How is this so?  Truth be told, the African Diaspora, according to World Bank figures, contribute more than the total direct foreign investment on the continent. As a result of these statistics, it is imperative for the advocates for Africa Forward to include the ideas about remittances at the table. By urging the leaders of the African Union as well as the leaders of the numerous non-governmental organization from across the continent to think about new strategies for the making greater uses of remittances in Africa. Through such a summit and through future planning on the part of the President and his supporters later after his presidency, the New Ark of the Obama era should mobilize Americans in the engagement of African leaders for social and economic changes on the continent.  Water is a new demand and President Obama could play a big role in educating Americans, Africans and other human communities the imperatives for better water treatment to humanity …….that, Water is Life…...

In light of this analysis, I conclude this analysis by urging you and the other members of our group to read these thoughts carefully and critically. After you have done so, please kindly pass it on to the President and his team.


Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

“Africa Forward” in Sustained Economics & Community Development

Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc., is a Non-Profit making for Social, Political and Economic development undertaking in Africa for sustainability in a conducive environment.  The organization strives to create awareness on educational information with cultural social heritage values and virtues and provides voice of reason social media and through advocacy for the Refugee and Displaced persons.  Our intervention is not limited, but goes beyond to offer meditation for rehabilitation to realize Economics advantage with Community Development programs that motivates peace. We engage in promoting increased prosperity and economic security for all African oriented communities, individuals and families, small farmers and also, ranchers, entrepreneurs’ traders, and consumers across the People of African Descent. Working together with African America Diasporas with University Professors and gives us an edge to provide leadership securely. 

We wish to collaborate with Government staff to assist in facilitating our organizational team to realize preparation for the coming meeting in August 2014, where we expect to formalize areas of interests for research, education, capacity building and in extending our activities that shall help participants at the forum to be prepared and engage effectively incorporating sound collaborative strategies that will make African Leadership Forum a success story.   This will include discovering historical new economic opportunities for Africa Moving Forward.  It shall also engage effectiveness of Energy/Water Proposal, develop successful agricultural and nonagricultural enterprises cooperative enterprising and take advantage of new and consumer-driven markets at both the local and international levels, and understand the implications of public policy on these and other activities of progressive development.

We take the opportunity of the coming Summit as a necessary leverage and an advantage against our competitors with example to China’s scramble to Africa.

I must reiterate and emphasize that, in partnering with diverse African Diaspora in America, we collaboration in consultations alongside other African NGO groups, Faith Based and Community Leaders under “One Stop Service Center Coordination” to make sure we avoid duplication of work, we shall engage the local community in the affairs of their Social Welfare Development towards fulfilling African historical values on “African Forward” where African Diaspora have comparative advantage with more leverage.

Consequently, looking forward to our US President's invitation of African Leaders Summit in August, we anticipate great opportunity for his legacy with African Diaspora to undertake serious involvement to make deliberations from the summit a success story.  I must reiterate and emphasize that, in partnering with diverse African Diaspora in America, we collaboration in consultations alongside other African NGO groups, Faith Based and Community Leaders under “One Stop Service Center Coordination” to make sure we avoid duplication of work, we shall engage the local community in the affairs of their Social Welfare Development towards fulfilling African historical values on “African Forward” where African Diaspora have comparative advantage with more leverage.

We therefore want to be fully involved in the US/Africa Partnership Development at the African Presidential Summit so that we shall provide an economic booster with reliable and sustainable better and improved prospects moving forward.   The U.S. President Obama's foreign policy for mutually fair and balanced economic development provides a shared and balanced organized program that is suitable for USA/Africa business and Social Welfare Partnership engagement capable of moving “Africa forward”.  The African Presidential Summit in August therefore, is more promising with historical values that we cannot afford to be left behind without capturing the essence for:
a)   Obama Legacy, 
b)   The Obama Prestige on African Historical values
c)   Post Obama Presidency
Our priorities therefore shall be:
1)   Water and Energy
2)   Agriculture and land ownership
3)   Education, Science and Technology
4)   Foreign Direct Investment
5)   Transportation infrastructure linking Africa Nations.

With the vast experience and knowledge in Science, Engineering and Technology that America has shared with other advanced European and Eastern blocks countries, the US African American (Americans of African descent) shall be our bargain leverage investment with Africa.

Preparing for the same, it is crucially important and more fundamental to effectively prepare ourselves sufficiently at the African Leadership Forum by visiting Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC Congo, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Guinea and South Africa in advance of African Leadership Summit in order to fully provide good promises for the Summit breakthrough in this August 2014.

Partnering with Social, Economic and Political drivers as a team, we shall create a harmonious better understanding of things with greater fundamental rewarding impact. We believe and it has been tested that, the prospects can be made promising in a fast turnover, as impacts are readily felt and realized, since the people are involved in their business of participating, engaging and improving their own lifestyle and economic development according to their own cultural values and tradition and at the same time, the development process slowly adopts diversity without negative force as has been the case. Together, we shall make good inroad to a sustainable progressive development in economic security and sufficiency and at the same time, improve on Environmental protection.

We must prepare to do business differently that give people hope and are with good return and better sustainable prospects, an engagement that provides competitive education with good health and as well promotes local peasant cooperative agriculture which is the prescription for income generating job creation, innovative expansion with sustainable economic opportunities will nurture peace and harmony for common good of all.

Participating and engaging in Cooperative Partnership for development inclusively, we cannot go wrong in Democratizing efficiency and supply vs. demand and at the same time, cushioning the African Government Leadership to realize its development promise to its Citizen and the larger business community in a shared effective fair manner favorable to all thus:

1)   Energy/Water Supply and Management that shall ease the burden of fetching water long distances and energy to provide lighting, cooking and small industrial for economic prospects. Rural Community Development with Related Stakeholders Input and Information

2)   Sustainable Cooperative Agriculture shall provide with job creation, improved education with economic growth and expansion with Social Welfare improvement from capacity of financial flow from job creation with economic financial advantages.

3)   Community Welfare for Social Development will engage preservation of Wild Life, Environment and great lakes protection from adverse Industrial pollution with other mismanagement.  The stakeholders and shareholders will have opportunity to work closely in harmony together.

4)   Small-scale and peasant farming cooperative entrepreneurship will provide sustainability of Development agenda with both short and long-term diversity and expansion.  The Cooperative Partnership between USA and Africa and as well offer training to both the Socially Disadvantaged African Farmers to realize economic sustainability as well as built the capacity in social welfare agenda. This will boost the financial Security Promoting Family and Small Farms into Cooperative management  through Social Welfare Integration on sustainable agriculture

5)   Hospital and Schools (Health, Early School Learning including Reading as well as Higher Education with Scholarships and Internships) for Foreign Assistance to American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)

6)   Diversify Cultural Heritage Values and also harmonize Exchange Network through Agriculture, Art and Sports (traditional foods, music and physical sporting activities

As a result of the above, it is crucial that we make advance feasible negotiation in order that we present competitive Partnership proposal before the Forum hence the advance funding request.  

While we shall involve Politicians in Africa to provide enabling environment with good policy and security, we aim to strengthen expert and professional consultation to set standardization for a secured progressive business complex in order to meet the challenges of other existing business players at the Global Emerging Market Place.  The Diaspora Engagement in Public Private Partnership for effective Development Management in Africa, shall require expert design and implementation on standardized, effective and efficient strategies of projects to promote Counties, National and Regional cooperation. Its intended outcome is for civil servants effectiveness to public Service Delivery and to apply the acquired knowledge,  skills in the workplace with good policies that shall protect and secure the success of business partnership capacity development.

I am delighted that, as the Executive Director for Confederation Council Foundation for Africa, I am fortunate to have been endorsed by a group of Diaspora members to provide leadership to make this program for Diaspora Project investment in Africa a success. I look forward to building upon that African Union legacy for Diaspora by focusing on key strategic issues of critical importance to Africa and to US-Africa Diaspora relationship.  This by no means shall consolidate and expand our diverse engagement, and will elevate Africans credentials that impact Africa business community with its social welfare, a success. We shall engage to stimulate public engagement as stakeholders and favorably share in the Partnership with shareholders in order to improve the quality of life and increase prosperity in Africa, since vibrant economies excite entrepreneurial initiatives in the business world platform.

What Africa needs is strong institutions and not strong men (Barak Obama in Ghana, 2009).
Africa has contributed to and made the prosperity of the world, it is time for Africa to prosper for her own sake in order to further and sustain the world prosperity.  Since the colonial times, Africa has been and continues to be the main provider of minerals, agricultural products, as well as other resources needed to develop and support the industrialization and wealth of the West.  Africa is not poor but it is made poor by design; hence the first US-Africa Summit marks the beginning of a new story for Africa, America and the rest of the world. While many Africans and others have expressed their disappointment in regard to the list of invitees, we, at Africa Forward welcome this unique opportunity for the President to make a long lasting contribution to the edification of strong institutions in Africa by embracing wholeheartedly the Administration’s stated position that none of the African constitutions should be changed to benefit individuals whose mandates are ending.  The President could change the whole course of African politics and governance by acting to further most African people’s wishes and put an end to the autocracies, dictatorships and other undemocratic governments that have and are thriving on corruption, violence, assassinations, imprisonments and arbitrary detentions, and all sort of human rights abuses. Without good governance, justice and security for all, nothing will work.
To further President Obama initiative and pave the way to a true Africa’s Renaissance, we propose the following course of actions:
1)       Governance: one of the main action that the African civil society is committed to do is to campaign for no change in the African Constitutions and the President should be lend his support to this campaign to help Africa to have her own Africa’s Spring.  The fight for no change of constitution is a fight for Africans to exercise their basic rights and consolidate the nascent democracies. It is a fight against tyranny; it is a fight for the freedom to choose our own leaders.  The president can make the case that changing constitutions in Africa does not secure long lasting investments that Africa badly needs to create jobs and improve people’s life; instead this fosters a culture of corruption and attract predators who thrive on making quick returns while nurturing impunity and other abuses that will lead to flights of capital.  The president has to overcome the stigma of the “Lame duck second presidency” that has given some African presidents that they could challenge him and hang on to power against the will of their people.  The president must show his resolve to give Africa a fair chance in building its institutions as he has done it in other parts of the world that have received and continue to receive US assistance to further democracy.   Africans are questioning what will be the US reaction if these presidents change their constitutions as many are trying to justify their desires to stay in power.  If the president falters on this issue, he will be remembered as a person wo failed to seize the opportunity to chance Africa for its people and his legacy for Africa will be known as the African’s son who caved in to the African dictators.  His successor, whoever it will be, will not be encouraged to change the situation since he who could do it failed.  The president has a unique opportunity to live up the prophecy of Joseph in modern times and be the Joseph not brought to Egypt as a prisoner and who blossomed in pharaoh’s court to become his confident and therefore was able to help and assist his brothers who sold him into slavery. Our Joseph is the pharaoh who is not only going to help us but also assist us to build a stronger house. Will the president live to be Joseph? That is his challenge to face and to overcome.
2)       Human Rights: one of the evident consequences resulting from the change of constitutions in Africa is the prevalence of human rights abuses that have become a way of life and a weapon to discourage and silence any opposition.  We, at Africa Forward, urge the president to push for a resolution to make any violence and rapes used as a weapon a crime against humanity and it must be prosecuted to the give justice to the victims and if local jurisdictions failed to do so, the perpetrators must be prosecuted by an international court.  We also urge the president to do the same for those who enrolling young boys and girls as “child soldiers”; hence destroying the future of our continent while creating a new breed of rapists and killers.  The president prestige can help stop the impunity plight plaguing Africa and restore decency.
3)       INVESTING IN THE FUTURE: It is our understanding that most of the businesses in America could and can be duplicated in Africa but they will need capital, management and technologies.  To that avail, we propose the Creation of The Africa Entrepreneurship Centers to train African in the Diaspora as well as African Americans into creating, managing and developing businesses using US knowhow, technologies to transform resources available in Africa. The Centers will serve as incubators, financing facilitators and stakeholders in the growth of the businesses created.  Howard University and other Black Colleges and Universities should be in the lead of this effort and major universities will definitely be associated to this. Tuskegee University could help and design a curriculum and strategies to develop small peasantry farming to capitalize on the availability of labor while settling people in the rural areas and villages into generating activities that will better their lives.
Education: Educating Africans in Africa while developing exchange programs must be at the heart of the knowledge transfer that Africa needs.  Programs must be built to help Africans to develop and manage their resources while meeting the needs of their local market, the American market and the rest of the world.  Please elaborate more

  Remittances: The main idea is to establish a structure that will leverage the remittances to generate more funding i.e matching funds to invest in infrastructure as well as into other productive projects.  The structure could be designed as an investment vehicle to facilitate investments in activities that would not receive funding otherwise.  When you looking into the micro finance schemes now flooding Africa, you will find that the rate of interest is still high even though per month it is low but at the end of the year, the cumulative interest will amount almost to the borrowed capital and these micro finance entities are again funded by western groups. The remittance structure is an innovation that could give the diaspora a greater influence in the development of our Continent while establishing a solid bridge with the American investors that will invest in the project.  It is not charity, it is business but business that will engage all.

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