FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GoodWorks International Hosts Capitol Hill Forum
On “Security Sector Challenges Confronting Africa”
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2008 – GoodWorks International recently hosted a forum on Capitol Hill, “Security Sector Challenges Confronting Africa.” Panelists included Mr. Wallace Ford, President and Chief Operating Officer of GoodWorks; Mr. Sola Omole, Manager of International Government Relations for Chevron; and Lt. Colonel Shannon Bebee, U.S. Department of Defense. In attendance were individuals representing the Bush Administration and U.S. Congress, African Diplomatic Corps, Africa-focused NGOs and business community.
According to Mr. Ford, “The security of persons, businesses, and public institutions are issues of increasing concern in many developing areas of the world, including nearly all sub-Saharan African countries. Secretary of State Condi Rice, for example, has spoken of the need to engage with countries of the Caribbean in order to counter threats from trafficking in persons, weapons, and drugs. The Secretary she could have been speaking of Africa as well. We have heard many expressions of the need to address this issue, but little in the way of specific responses. In an attempt to constructively add to the debate, the firm not only hosted this discussion, but has also formed the Africa Security Sector Reform Action Committee, an informal, voluntary association of organizations with an interest in improving Africa’s security environment.”
GoodWorks International, LLC, 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. In addition to Atlanta, the firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Angola, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana.
Austin R. Cooper, Jr.
Vice President for Government Affairs
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