Wednesday, August 14

SU Ag Center Official to Serve on Global Economic Development Forum Panel

Forum focused on Doing Business in Africa

Baton Rouge, LA - Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Adell Brown will serve as panelist on the Global Economic Development Forum on August 23 in Washington, DC.

Louisiana Connection is organizing a “Doing Business in Africa Summit 2013” in Washington, DC, August 22-26 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in conjunction with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Events include tours, panel discussions, SCLC Conference/LA Legislative Town Hall Meeting on the 23rd, and March on Washington, August 24. The Panel Discussion on which Dr. Brown will serve is entitled, Global Economic Development: Doing Business in Africa.

The purpose of the summit is to provide an opportunity for African governmental officials to interact directly with business leaders in an effort to help promote, facilitate and generate trade between US-based companies and African countries.  The initiative emanated from Dr. Martin Luther King’s advocacy for freedom and equality among minorities and the underserved.  An essential element of that vision is economic freedom.  In recent years, provocative and innovative investors have benefitted greatly from engaging the global economy concept.  The summit will greatly enhance business opportunities for minorities and ensure the attainment of MLK’s vision on economic freedom.

The highlight of this 55th Annual Louisiana/Southern Christian Leadership Connection Conference will be the March on Washington, August 24 since this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Walk on Washington.

Africa has a population of more than 980 million people and a potential market for agricultural, technological and the public sectors.  This summit will help business leaders take a maximum advantage of this lucrative international trade opportunity.  The summit will provide vital information on “How to do Business in Africa.”

The Panelists for the Global Economic Development Forum are: Mrs. Carol Moore, US Trade, Jackson, Mississippi; Mr. Samuel Banks, Miracle Landing LLC, Atlanta, Georgia; Honorable Eugene Grant, Mayor Seat Pleasant, Maryland; Honorable Herbert Martin, Former Manager Cameroon Development; Corporation, The Republic of Cameroon; Felipe D. Wright, CEO eWaste Tech Systems, LLC; Dr. Adell Brown, Exec Vice Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor for Research, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center; and Honorable J Myles Riley, President and CEO, j Riley Consulting Group, LLC.

The Pitts Riley Group LLC and J. Riley Consulting Group LLC were selected to handle this important Louisiana Business Connection event as a part of the Louisiana-Southern Christian Leadership Conference Connection hosted by Chairman, SCLC National Officer and Louisiana Legislator, Rep. Randall Gaines and C-Chairman, Dr. Lue Russell, Johnny Riley, former Assistant Secretary to the State of Louisiana Department of Labor from 2008-2012, is a strong advocate of increasing trade and direct investment between the United States and Africa.  He and his executive team at the Pitts Riley Group LLC and J Riley Consulting Group LLC are instrumental in developing business relationships with several African nations and US Based companies.

For further detail, contact Dr. Lue Russell at 985-974-3752 or Fax: 985-340-8965 or Email:

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Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

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