NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard Attias, Founder of the New York Forum, has called on local leaders from across the country to take a principal role in fostering growth and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Speaking on Friday at the 38th annual National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Attias encouraged mayors in attendance to harness the power of the US-based African diaspora to bridge cultural gaps and encourage economic exchanges between the US and African nations.
Mr. Attias's keynote address was delivered in advance of "New York Forum AFRICA," which will take place in Libreville, Gabon, from June 8-10, 2012. The New York Forum AFRICA is being hosted by President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and will bring together African heads of state, global business leaders, entrepreneurs and experts to discuss the key economic and business issues confronting Africa today.
As a noted leader in fostering global collaboration and a self-described "African-ist," Mr. Attias spoke passionately about the renaissance that Africa is currently experiencing stating that, "For me, the rise of Africa is not a dream, it is a reality that even the US has difficulty grasping. Africa is currently positioned to become a leader in the global marketplace for years to come. The era of condescending terminology such as 'developing world or third world' is over… Africa is a force ready for a new tomorrow and with a future that resembles last century's economic revolution of Asian societies."
Mr. Attias stressed that it is up to mayors and other local officials to take the lead in making decisions and initiating changes that will help the United States contribute to a globalized world. Mayors, he said, are essentially "chiefs of global villages."
During his address, Mr. Attias reminded the audience of Africa's great investment potential by pointing out that the continent is home to 1 billion people, 50% of whom are under the age of 25, that 6 out of today's world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in sub-Sahara Africa and that 60% of the world natural resources come from the continent.
Mr. Attias concluded his speech by asking for mayors to support his initiative to form the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Facility for Africa.
The NCBM represents more than 650 African American Mayors across the US; collectively its membership represents over 48 million citizens.
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