African Diplomatic Corps Launches Its 2008 Africa Week Celebration and Commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the African Union

    WASHINGTON, May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The African Diplomatic
 Corps (ADC), the group of ambassadors that represent 53 African countries
 in the United States of America, will announce its Africa Week Celebration
 and commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the African Union (AU) on Tuesday,
 May 20, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
     The ADC is working collectively to update Americans on 21st Century
 Africa. Most Americans are unaware of Africa's progress, development and
 opportunities and have mainly been exposed to doom and gloom images of the
 Continent. African diplomats and U.S. elected officials will be on hand for
 media interviews to discuss the growth of the African continent and mark
 the uniting of African countries that form the AU.
     WHAT: Press Conference to officially launch the Africa Week Celebration
 and commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the African Union
     WHEN: Tuesday, 20 May 2008
     2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     WHERE: The National Press Club
     Zenger Room
     529 14th Street, N.W.
     Washington, D.C. 20045
     WHO: Ambassador Roble Olhaye, Republic of Djibouti & Dean, African
 Diplomatic Corps (ADC)
     Ambassador Dr. Amadou Lamine Ba, Republic of Senegal
     H.E. Mr. Jean Ping, President, African Union Commission
     Congressman Donald M. Payne, (D-NJ), chair, sub-committee on Africa and
 Global Health (House Committee on Foreign Affairs)
     John Simon, Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
     Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue, Republic of Tanzania & AU representative
     Ambassadors representing countries in five regions
     WHY: The goal of the ADC is to share a burgeoning Africa with
 Americans. Balanced information about an Africa that is full of business
 opportunities, impressive and consistently rising GDP in democratic
 countries, friendly and hospitable people available as a huge human
 resource pool is critical for American audiences. The ADC wants Americans
 to have available knowledge that China and India already are accessing to
 maximize benefits from many of the countries that are rich in minerals,
 agricultural products and tourist sites.

SOURCE African Diplomatic Corps

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