Cross River partners American Consortium For Development
SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, (THEWILL) - Cross River State is partnering a consortium of firms owned by Afro Americans to reposition its economic potentials to attract international investors.
This is as a result of series of meetings between the state and Integrity International Consultant, UNESCO Centre for Peace, Visionary Marketing Group and Dr. Chryl Hill as the facilitator.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting in Calabar, Hill, who said she had worked with THE Governor of Maryland State, United States and a former American President for six years respectively, promised to bring her expertise to Cross River State as well as ensure that there is a strong bilateral agreement between the two states.
According to her, she intends to bring investors with strong background in marketing, energy and consulting to partner Cross River because everything in the state is open and creates an avenue for strong advocacy which is the message she desires to take back to Maryland that Cross River is ready for investment.
She explained that the partnership will build components that will create jobs because the state has a lot of mineral resources that need to be explored to create wealth and job, stressing that with the partnership, black Americans in Diaspora will adopt Cross River State as their home as well as enable them know their background and history.
Guy Djoken, Executive Director UNESCO Centre for Peace, described Cross River as a treasure that needs to be exposed and he commended the State Government in its effort to strategies tourism to attract international attention, explaining that his mission in the state is to combine strategic expertise with comparative, qualitative and quantitative assessments to grow knowledge, improve efficiency and increase effectiveness while managing programme cost.
Larian Finney President/CEO Visionary Marketing Group, Incorporated, said he intends to facilitate activities to show the world that Cross River has an array of opportunities coupled with its serenity and peaceful nature in the Niger Delta as he has within the past eight months, ensured that different teams from United States visited the state.
Finney attributed their interest in the State to the disposition of Governor Liyel Imoke, whom he said has created an atmosphere suitable for investments as well as the hospitable nature of the people, adding that the governor has created opportunities for people to explore in an area which is the most peaceful in the country.
James Copper of Integrity International Consultant, an expert in tourism disclosed his interest in Calabar Festival with the hope of bringing international artistes in his effort to brand the state as a tourist haven, adding that as an Afro-American, he is excited to be a part of development programmes in the state.
Copper explained that the benefits of the partnership would open the state to international businesses while tourism will open opportunities for the rest of the world as Nigerians will have the chance of being expanding their network of friends.