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African Caribbean Institute of Nashville to participate in WETATi International Women's Conference 2013

By Leonard Madu
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Dr. Leonard Madu, President of the African Caribbean Institute will be one of the speakers at the WETATi International Women's Conference. The conference will be held on March 29-30 at the Hilton Hotel in Linthicum, Maryland. WETATi stands for Women Empowered To Achieve The Impossible. African Caribbean Institute is an international organization that promotes business, cultural, political, scientific and educational links between African/Caribbean countries and North America. It is one of the sponsoring organizations of the WETATi conference.

Madu, who is a recognized expert in African and third world issues, will participate in a panel to discuss the pros and cons of doing business in Africa and the Caribbean as a woman. The panel will inform the audience about the disadvantages and advantages of investing in Africa and the Caribbean, sectors to invest in, countries to invest in and the cultural and linguistic hurdles to overcome, particularly in Africa. The special problems women face in doing business in these areas of the world will be highlighted. “As a woman, I have been very successful in doing business in Africa”, said Dr. Ijeoma Nwando Okereke, President of Iykedons Consultancies, a multifaceted business conglomerate based in Lagos, Nigeria. “With perseverance, the right contacts and a marketable commodity, there is no limit to what a woman can achieve in African business”.

This topic could not have come at a more appropriate and auspicious time given the tremendous economic growth African countries are experiencing currently. Mozambique, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Mauritius are all booming. Though the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still dealing internal disorders, its potential as an investors heaven is massive. In the Caribbean, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic are also experiencing growth. If one wants to invest in Africa and the Caribbean, this is the time. Other speakers who are participating in the panel include Ms. Vivian Okeke, Minister (trade and investment), Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC, Mr. Cordel Coker-Robbins, Investment Analyst at the prestigious Carlyle Group in Washington, DC, and Cynthia De Lorenzi, President of Success in the City, Fairfax, Virginia. “Our organization wants to see more business, cultural and educational links between the United States and African /Caribbean Countries”, said Dr. Margaret Dureke, President and Founder of WETATi.

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