ICCOUNCIL Africa Sustainable Development and Green Investment

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Innovation to implementation: New knowledge frontiers

ICC COUNCIL is a boutique international management consulting company that provides knowledge products to corporations, global government and international organizations through project development, management and implementation services. ICCOUNCIL was founded in September 2004, on the principles of providing innovative and competitive knowledge solutions to bridge the gap among sectors to address challenges across industry boarder with scholarly research outputs, which is formatted, structured and integrated into business processes to develop products and service to meet the demands of corporations, global governments and international organizations in the business, economic and natural environment, with an emphasis to move from development, investments and into implementation, to further develop assets and trade among global regions.

ICCOUNCIL is please to announce Dr. Laudemiro Francisco, Ph.D. as the Africa Global Director. Dr. Francisco is founder and partner at Kugonda Global Services Con­sulting, [KGS Consulting] based in Ellicott City, Maryland. Through the established partnership between ICCOUCIL and KGS Consulting, we have launched a new chap­ter in partnering for Africa's Development. Dr. Francisco is from Mozambique and currently resides permanently in the United States. Furthermore, Dr. Francisco worked as a professor in Mozambique and also worked in the Mozambique Ministry of Science and Technology. Laudemiro received his PhD from Howard University and his specialization University is in Africa Economic, Social and Political Develop­ ment. Collectively, ICCOUNCIL and KGS Consulting will seek to create a virtuous cycle of reinvestment from external partners and international investors into Africa's public and private sectors and build Africa's Green Investment Gateway.

Green investment gateways of Africa

In 2008, ICCOUNCIL launched a 18 months research program that investigated the role sustainable development in wealth development in African countries. The North, West and South, East and Central African countries were assessed to reveal the wealth development potential that lies in perhaps what can be termed as "there is wave of Africa's economic ascension. Africa is natu­ally endowed as a continent that has 60% of its population currently under the age of 35 and by 2020, 70% of the popula­tion will be under 40. Furthermore, Africa has 2.8% carbon emission. Collectively, Africa's is strategically positioned for a new wave of wealth development. In 2009, ICCOUNCIL collaborated with CORPO­RATE AFRICA, a conference manage­ment and Media Publishing Company, to launch the "AFRICA GREEN INVESTMENT GATEWAY CONFERENCE," to set the foundation for the future.

2011 Africa Green Investment Gateway Conference

The 2011 AGIG conference was held on September 14-16, 2011 in London and it was a success on the part of the high quality of innovation and knowledge dissemination from the private sectors as well as local and regional African government from Nigeria [Ekiti State, and Ogun State], Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. International partners of Africa included corporations from United States, across Europe and the African private sectors. Sustainable Agriculture, Aquaculture, Sustainable Villages, industries [alternative and renewable power and energy, financial, legal, governance], infrastructure, natural resources, environmental law, academia/human capital, health and interregional trade were sample topics of discussion. Companies, governments as well as international organizations [UNEP, UNRISO, AGRA] presented their new knowledge supply, products and services. Opportunities were created when businesses sought partnerships beyond the conference to engage in profitable business transaction between private investors and local and regional African government and private sectors. The success of the 2011 AGIG paved the way for ICCOUNCIL's 2012 AGIG conference.

NEPAD@10: Institute of African Studies, Columbia University-SIPA

On October 10, 2011, NPCA's CEO-Or. Ibrahim A. Mayaki, delivered a lecture on the role of NPCA in Africa's Economic Transformation in the 21st century. The forum was chaired by Director- Dr Mamadou Diouf, with a panel of scholars, such as Prof. Glenn Dennings, Patrick Hayford, Prof. Ousmane Kane, and Prof. Amos Sawyer. NPCA launched its Academic Agenda at SIPA NPCA transition into an Agency will enable private sector involvement with the vision for wealth development for African local and regional economies, through projects, programs, development of African entrepreneurs, and rerouting the virtuous cycle of reinvestment of Africa's human capital and resources through interregional trade. Sustainable Development projects and programs such as Sustainable Agriculture, Aquaculture, Infrastructure, Industries and Africa's Youth population as indicators of wealth reserves for Africa's transformation. UNWOMEN, Ms. Yaseen Fall expressed the profound role of women as 50% of Africa's labor market force and encourages investment in women entrepreneurs.

Spotlight: Dr Ibrahim Assena Mayaki

Dr Mayaki was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of NPCA in 2009. Previously known as the New Partner­ ships for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Secretariat, NPCA is headquartered in Midrand, South Africa and functions as the planning and coordinating body of the African Union. Before joining NPCA, Dr Mayaki served from 2004 to 2008 as Executive Director of the Rural Hub, an organization that supports rural development in West and Central Africa. From 2000 to 2004, Dr Mayaki was a guest professor at the University of Paris XI, where he also led research at the Research Centre on Europe and the Contemporary World. From 1996 to 2000, he served in a number of government positions in Niger, including serving as Minister for African Integration and Cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. In 2000, he also set up the Analysis Centre for Public Policy. He has also held academic positions in Niger and Venezuela. Dr Mayaki holds a Master's degree from the National School of Public Administration, Quebec, Canada, and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris.

Gender Promotion Center of Africa, Cameroon

In a sleepy town of Tinechung Village of Bamenda, Cameroon, a grass roots organization, GENDER PROMTIONS CENTER OF AFRICA, is implementing projects and programs that provides solutions for economic empowerment of local and regional villagers through Sustainable Agriculture, Acquaculture Fish Farms, Mushroom Project, Honey­ bee harvest and education and training programs to empower local villagers and farmers to become entrepreneurs. Founder and President, Ms Alice Mungwa and Ms Constance has been operating GPCA with basic self funded resources. However, the success of their projects has caught the attention of neighboring villagers who also wanted these sustainable development projects and programs in their village. The increase in demand to duplicate the models with limited resources highlights a core challenge that is facing the local and regional economies across Africa. GPCA is at the core of these issues by working with the "Bottom UP" strategies for economic and social development. Donor Partners are welcome to partici­ pate in "Adopting a Sustainable Devel­ opment Project" with GPCA. Contact Information.

Africa sustainable development industries

Africa's land, labor force and resources continues to be the core focus of the world. All nations on the path to achieving their economic development goals have Africa's resources as a critical variable in its wealth building equation. With the onset of the global paradigm shift for­ mitigation and adaptations models and strategies, from global warming climate change to carbon sequestering and carbon trading, Africa has 3 levels of competitive advantages. Firstly, a continent of 54 countries has a total carbon emission of 2.8%. Secondly, 60% of the African Population are under the age of 35. Thirdly, Africa as a world supplier provides countries with 40% of its natural resources. Collectively, Africa's playing field is a magnet for Green investment Gateway and sustainable development investment. Sustainable Development Industries such as Agriculture, Power and Energy, Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Health and Human Capital, and Trade are focal points to initiate the Africa's Green Belt for wealth development and tapping the African Youth labor power reserve.

Education, Environmental Law and International Business Contracts

By Professor Nadia E.Nedzel, J.D., LL.M.

I was honored to address the 2011 African Green Investment Gateway Conference and I learned a great deal from my experience. The range of speakers was impressive, and some of the problems discussed included difficulties faced by finance providers in finding qualified green energy entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs' difficulties in locating finance providers. In this respect, the Gateway Conference seemed to be an outstanding opportunity for each group to network with the other. Another issue raised was the concern faced by entrepreneurs and developers dealing with potentially corrupt government officials, and government officials' concerns that entrepreneurs' projects sometimes cause unanticipated environmental harm or otherwise fail to deliver as promised. It is this latter issue that SULC proposes to address through its certificate program that will train practition­ers in how to draft contracts that provide for accountability on the part of the investor and transparency on the part of the African government at issue.

SULC's goal is to build a generation of African legal practitioners specializing in international business transactions and environmental law. We propose to begin with an initial Annual Certificate Program in International Business Contracts and Environmental Law in June 2012 aimed at African law-trained ministers and young attorneys. Our hope is that the Certificate Program will grow into a legal exchange network wherein African students could pursue a special­ized LLM at SULC, and SULC students could gain experience as interns with African minis­tries. For further program information, contact:
Mr. John Pierre, Vice-Chancellor, SULC,
2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9294
Email: jpierre@sulc.edu, Phone: (252) 771-2552
Website: www.sulc.edu/faculty/pierreok.htm

Corporate profile: Mr Shariff Touray,Dla Piper

Sharif Touray has wide ranging experi­ence in international and domestic project finance, Islamic finance, and other secured financing transactions, including significant experience in electric power, telecommuni­cations, and other infrastructure sectors. Mr Touray has worked on numerous foreign and US domestic electric power, telecommunications, natural resources, and pipeline projects, as well as process plants and manufacturing facilities. He has had significant experience representing developers, including AES, Diamond Energy, MMC Energy, and Kamine Bessi­ corp, as well as financial institutions, including GE Capital, Bank of America, Bank of New York, IBJ Schroeder, US Exim Bank, in the drafting, negotiation and administration of all types of construction contracts, including EPC Contracts. He has also acted as an expert witness in connection with construction disputes. Before joining DLA Piper, Mr Touray had been a Managing Director and Counsel at GE Capital's Structured Finance Group, where he was involved in day-to-day coun­selling relating to green field projects as well as purchases and sales, restructuring, and operation and maintenance of existing assets.

Mr Touray studied Rock Mechanics at Imperial College (London) in 1978. Mr. Touray practiced or taught structural engineering in the US, the UK, and Ghana before becoming a lawyer and then practiced with several law firms, including Chad­ bourne and Parke, and Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. Mr Touray speaks six languages including Arabic, French, and Hausa.

Mr Touray is a native born Ghanaian who resides in the United States with his family and travels across Africa periodically.

Source: www.dlapiper.com/sharif_touray

Acknowledgements: Dr. Ibrahim A. Mayaki -NEPAD @ 10 lecture and presentation at the UNHQ and Institute of African Studies-Columbia University-SIPA, Nigeria Federal Ministry of Environment-Permanent Secretary, Ms. Jagi, Mrs. Abubakar, Ms. Alice Mungwa, Freddie Pitcher-Chancellor of Southern University Law Center, Professor Nadia Nedzel of Southern University Law Center, Dr. Laudemiro Francisco.