African Union (AU) Ambassador Visits Chicago

On July 11, 2019, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

BY YAKIRA LEVI |

Chicago, Illinois – The 55 member States of the African Union (AU) calls upon all people of African descent living in the Diaspora, to work directly with (AU) to help rebuild the Continent of Africa – with Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, (AU) Ambassador leading the way.

The African Union has 5 regions set up on the continent of Africa. Back in 2012, (AU) designated the African diaspora as its Sixth Region. On May 28, 2019 members of the 101st General Assembly, Illinois House of Representatives presented a resolution in recognition of the designation. According to (AU), “The African Diaspora consists of the people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.”

On June 14, 2019 Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, (AU) Ambassador to the United States visited the DuSable Museum of African American History, where she delivered her keynote address to the (AU) Sixth Region, and appointed Mr. Olivier Kamanzi [Chairman of the Africa Global Chamber of Commerce] to the position of Chairman of the African Diaspora Sixth Region Illinois Chapter, along with his Deputy Chairwoman Dr. Ana Vicky Castillo. Prince Asiel Ben Israel was also appointed as Chairman of the City of Chicago Chapter.

“Africans and our Diaspora are highly adaptable and totally indestructible. We are very excited for the appointment of Mr. Olivier Kamanzi as a Chairman of the African Diaspora Sixth Region Illinois Chapter. His passion, experience and his knowledge of issues members face all around the country will help our Illinois African Diaspora community.” States Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao.

“I am excited to begin the work of organizing the African Diaspora Sixth Region Illinois Chapter. After 400 years of separation, peoples of African descent now have a unique and historical opportunity of coming together to reunite, reconnect, reconcile, and rejoice.” Says Mr. Olivier Kamanzi.

One of the assignments of the sixth region is to create a database of businesses who will be willing and able to pool resources and provide business services to assist in rebuilding the African Continent once the contracts for development become available. Businesses and individuals must contact Mr. Olivier Kamanzi to be added to the list if they are interested. The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement is expected to be moved in 2019.

According to the Washington Post Signé, Landry. (2018, March 29). “Africa’s Big New Free Trade Agreement, Explained”. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement is expected to “create a single continental market for goods and services as well as customs union with free movement of capital and business travelers.” The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will promote economic diversification, remove tariffs, create a continental market that allows Africa and associated companies to benefit financially, while allowing African countries to accelerate industrial development. Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao hopes to encourage business relationships with African government, and help facilitate contracting that promotes economic diversification between Africans on the Continent and people of African descent living in the diaspora as well.

According to the AU website, The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. Officially launched in 2002, as a successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). The Organization of African Union (OAU) was established in May 1963, when 32 Heads of independent African States met in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to sign the Charter creating Africa’s first post-independence continental institution. The OAU was the manifestation of the pan-African vision for an Africa that was united, free and in control of its own destiny. For more information visit the African Union website: https://au.int

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