GoodWorks International Convenes Panel To Explore Security Sector Reform In Africa
For Immediate Release
GoodWorks International Convenes Panel
To Explore Security Sector Reform in Africa
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2008 – Today Wallace Ford, President and Chief Operating Officer of GoodWorks International, LLC announced the formation of the Africa Security Sector Reform Action Committee. The first formal meeting of the Committee took place on Monday, August 11th at the Washington office of GoodWorks. Attending the meeting were representatives of various corporations and public interest organizations.
“The African Security Sector Reform Action Committee is intended to be an informal, voluntary association of organizations with an interest in improving Africa’s security environment,” stated Austin R. Cooper, Jr., Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for GoodWorks. “The Committee will look for ways of harnessing business resources in pursuit of specific security objectives. It will be a coordinating and advocacy mechanism for joint and collaborative action in Africa. While it will look for partnerships and coordination with the public sector, its primary focus will be on private initiatives affecting security in all sectors of society.”
Stated Mr. Ford, “Security is a pervasive and increasingly urgent challenge for business, and consequently for development, in Africa. If African countries are to be able to compete in the global economy for urgently needed private investment, they must address this issue. I am particularly excited in working with the committee to develop an agenda for the 111th Congress which will address security sector reform on the continent of Africa.”
GoodWorks International, LLC (www.goodworksintl.com) is an international business advisory firm that provides market access, counsel, and strategic services to corporations looking to do business in Africa and the Caribbean. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Washington, New York, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Angola, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana.
Austin R. Cooper, Jr.
Vice President for Government Affairs & Communications
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