Monthly at Center
Commercial attaches from African embassies in Washington,
DC, meet monthly in business sessions of their own at the
Ralph J. Bunche Center under the auspices of the Constituency
for Africa and in cooperation with the Small Business Development
Headed by professor Paul F. Williams, the Small Business
Development Center is an entity of the School of Business
at Howard; and the Constituency for Africa, which Melvin P.
Foote heads as President and CEO, is an organization devoted
to cultivating friends for Africa in various sectors throughout
the United States.
CFA currently has a grant from the US Agency for International
Development to link US and African small businesses; and diplomats
from more than 30 embassies meet monthly to check on the progress
The group also considers development under the African Growth
and Opportunity Act, legislation under which the United States
is devoted to increase trade with African nations. During
the first year of operation, US trade has increased substantially
with Africa, particularly with individual countries, such
as Kenya, South Africa, and Madagascar. The commercial attaches
are instrumental in making contacts for business executives
from their own countries and for putting American business
executives in touch with their counterparts in Africa.
The theme for the most recent meeting of attaches, according
to Mr. Foote and professor Williams, was "Africas
New Partnership in the Global Economy."
"We are delighted to be able to bring these commercial
officers together on the HU campus," professor Williams
said recently. "This is a long overdue development and
one that is realizing significant dividends for both sides."