YEAR 2009 IN REVIEW

November 13, 2009, The Allied African Nations Chamber of Commerce (AANCC)headed by President and C.E.O. - Anthony A. L. Adjasse provided an African Business and Tourism Symposium, which was held at the Brooklyn Public Library on Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue. The program featured the U.N. Ambassador from the West African Nation of Benin - Honorable Excellency Jean Francis R. Zinsou, the Deputy Ambassador from the Southern African Nation of Malawi - Honorable K. A. Mphonda, as well as the Embassy representative for the West African Nation of Burkina Faso - Benjamin Issa Baguian, Economic Counselor.

All representatives provided wonderful overviews and power point presentations of the opportunities available to interested business persons and corporations, seeking to expand into the international horizons. This AANCC event was provided through a collaborative effort with the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center. BITDC provided the program with several speakers from various sectors of the Tourism and African Art Industries. The point that was reiterated throughout the event from President Adjasse and the Diplomatic Corps members present , was the need to come through the AANCC to do all potential business with the Seventeen African Nations that the Chamber represents in the U.S.

Those African Nations were referenced as : West African Region Nations - Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone / Central African Region Country of Rwanda / East African Region Nations - Madagascar and Uganda and the Southern African Region Nations of Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The AANCC furthermore provided new brochures inclusive of the soon to be inducted six Nations of West Africa's - Guinea - Bissau / East Africa's - Kenya and Tanzania and South Africa's - Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique, as well as the proposed Thirteen CARICOM Nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago which are scheduled to be inducted as International Trade Partner Nations in 2010.

The AANCC which held their initial well attended Press Conference in New York City on November 13, 2008, has moved in leaps and bounds since that day. Since their initial press conference, they organized their well attended official Induction Ceremony of the Founding Member Nations, which was held at New York's City Hall, this ceremony was held on July 16, 2009. The Chamber received Two Congressional proclamations, issued by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congressman Charles Rangel and one City Council proclamation, issued by Councilman Thomas Whites office. Congressman Rangels proclamation declared officially July 16, “Allied African Nations Commerce Day”.

Media articles were featured in the August 2009 edition of African News International and the Pre Labor Day September 2, 2009 Edition of Caribbean Life Newspaper. The AANCC conducted private Induction Ceremonies with the individual Consulates and Permanent Missions of countries that were unable to attend the July Ceremony during the month of August 2009. September 2009, during U.N. Month the AANCC met with Key government officials from the six intended induction Nations from the African continent, in addition to reaching out to the CARICOM Communities Diplomatic Corps. October the Chamber hosted a power breakfast held between members and the Ambassador from the Republic of Benin, who provided a private presentation to the members regarding opportunities in Benin, as well as the history of Benin. The AANCC eclipsed that presentation with the symposium held on their anniversary date of November 13, 2009. During this time period the AANCC President simultaneously enhanced the chamber capabilities by becoming a certified Small Business Counselor with The U.S. Small Business Administrations S.C.O.R.E. Unit, in addition to the aforementioned chamber accomplishments. The AANCC has proudly entered its second year of service to the seventeen countries diplomatic corps. members that founded and initiated it on January 18, 2007. The AANCC was officially incorporated in New York by President Adjasse on October 17, 2008. The chamber's international web site can be found at www.africanationschamber.com and they can be contacted at (212) 937 - 8461, interested parties may also obtain information by contacting their P.R. Firm - McCreary and Fuller at (718) 827 - 7569.

The AANCC concluded the 2009 calendar with their last event, which was a morning Seminar on Exporting American Products, Good and Services to the African Nations, this conference took place on December 10, 2009, at The University Settlement Center in Manhattan. This conference featured a power point presentation by the Republic of Madagascar regarding importing and exporting with the East African Nation. This presentation was brilliantly given by their Diplomatic Corps. Member - Counselor -
Ms. Lila Andrianatoandro. The seminar also featured presentations from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. EXIM (Export - Import) Bank and the U.S. Postal Service. Africa is the new business frontier, for those who are interested in the lucrative opportunities it offers, the same can be accessible through contacting the above referenced numbers.

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