South Africa: President Zuma Arrives in Addis Ababa to Attend the 22nd AU Summit

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, scheduled to take place on 30 and 31st January 2014.

The theme of the Summit is “2014 – Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, Marking the 10th Anniversary of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme”.

The Summit agenda includes issues of food security, the status of peace and security in Africa, Africa’s relations with the International Criminal Court, the implementation of NEPAD projects, the African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

Among the highlights of the visit, President Zuma will present South Africa’s APRM report for the period October 2010 – January 2013, in pursuit of the objectives enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the African Union.




Seccom paves the way for Hill International in Liberia

Mr. Samuel T. Blango of Seccom has introduced Mr. Irvin E. Richter, Chairman and CEO of Hill International (, a prospective American investor in the Liberian housing sector who met recently with President Sirleaf in the USA and expressed a keen interest in working with the Liberian Government to build up to 5,000 homes.

President Sirleaf

Her Excellency instructed the NHA to invite the Chairman to Liberia and this was done for the period July 7-19, 2013.  Mr. Richter and his party will be in Liberia as of July 7th as a guest of the Government. A US-Liberia Business Development Summit is being organized by some US and Liberian partners in collaboration with the Embassy of Liberia  Trade Office in the USA between July 8-15, 2013 at the Royal Hotel and Mr. Richter will be speaking on the 10th.  Ambassador Sulunteh and Ms. Gibson will facilitate the Hill Int’l visit.Mr. Blango will be assisting to schedule meetings with the President, key government officials, plus selected business leaders, and assist the delegation to Liberia to help create a relationship between Hill and his offices in Monrovia, as well as to make the introductions necessary to create this great opportunity for a partnership.

Trenton Event Video

President of Seccom International Group, Sam Blango in West Africa
First, let me congratulate all of the Commissioners and Advisers for
your attendance and participation at yesterdays event. It was
marvelous and truly historic.

The folks at Channel 25 sent me the footage of the event (7 minutes)
and I invite you to view if. Just log in to the following link and it
follows the sports coverage. I hope you enjoy.


“AFRICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS” was the theme echoed throughout the day at the kick-off of Trenton, New Jersey’s Mayor’s Commission on International Business Affairs (CIBA) hosted by the African & Caribbean Government Ministers and Ambassadors from Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago).  Held at the Trenton Marriott Hotel, the purpose was to build partnerships through trade and investment.  Over 125 guests attended the all day event. Organized by Vice Chairman, Mayor’s Commission, Samuel Blango assisted   Mayor Mack in executing an executive order which created CIBA to include a cross-section of leading Trenton area businesses, organizations and representatives of public and private sectors coming together to enhance the economic empowerment of Trenton. Mayor Tony F. Mack stated that we are excited and envision “Trenton to be an international city for world trade.”  For more information, contact Sam Blango at 609.880.4372 or

Michael Griffin, honorary consul general for Ghana; Mayor Tony F. Mack and Sam Blango.