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
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