The Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) flag bearer, Mr. Alexander Cummings, joins several senior United Nations officials and other executives to address the 19th Annual Columbia Africa Conference which is due to begin on October 28.
The two-day conference, which runs from October 28-29, themed “Meeting the Moment”, will focus on how Africa and Africans can seize and use the moment for the benefit of the continent.
CPP’s flag bearer, Mr. Cummings, selected from several African executives and leaders, is the founder and chairman of Cummings Investments Holdings, Ltd. Cummings, a highly acclaimed businessman, politician and philanthropist, is also the founder and chairman of the Cummings Africa Foundation and a standard bearer for the main opposition Collaborating Political Party, a coalition of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Liberty Party and splinter groups from the Unity Party, Liberian Party, People’s Liberation Party and National Patriotic Party. Cummings served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of The Coca-Cola Company.
Mr. Cummings will speak on the role of heritage and culture in socio-economic progress and development. This speaks directly to the pillar of Mr. Cummings’ platform, “Engaging the Hearts and Minds” of Liberians. The CPP flag bearer believes that by properly utilizing our heritage, culture and other social drivers like arts, sports, religion, national service and early childhood development, we will be able to engage Liberians and change mindsets to build the Liberia we all want and deserve.
The founder of the African Leadership Group, Mr. Fred Swaniker is among the keynote speakers. Swaniker, credited with over 15 years of experience and founder of the African Leadership Group, seeks to improve African leadership and develop a new era of ethical entrepreneurial leaders for Africa.
He pledged to help transform Africa by nurturing three million African leaders by 2035.
The Chairperson of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, Ms. Vera Songwe, will also be the keynote speaker. Songwe, who is co-chair of the High-Level Panel on Climate Finance, previously served as Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, recognized as one of Africa’s 100 Most Influential People 2020. Mr. Kuseni Dlamini Chairman of Massmart Holdings,
a leading African retail group operating more than 400 stores in 13 sub-Saharan countries will also speak at the two-day conference.
Dlamini is also Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the Southern Hemisphere’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturer operating in more than 50 countries. He is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Together with this incredible list of speakers, the Columbia Africa Conference believes they will be able to “explore how to harness the digital age, Africa’s status as a growing economic power, and our unique and diverse cultures. as assets that will propel the entire continent. forward for years to come.
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