Liberia to Host Miss Africa 2020 Beauty Pageant in May to Expand Tourism

In an effort to expand the tourism sector, the continentally acclaimed 2020 Miss Africa beauty pageant is scheduled to be officially hosted in Liberia on 30 May 2020, the first time such event will be taking place in the country.

Queens from fifty-three (53) African countries are expected to descend on Monrovia in May 2020 to join their Liberian counterpart in competing for the prestigious Miss Africa crown. The contestants will display beauties, cultures, and intellects. The competition is expected to produce a queen, who will be the ultimate winner of the pageant, followed by the “first and second princesses”.

The organization of the Miss Africa pageant is a joint effort of the government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, and the Miss Africa organizing committee headed by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lionel Neo Mashishi. The 2020 pageant is geared towards showcasing Liberia’s tourism potential, given the prominent historical role of the country on the African continent.

Additionally, the pageant is also intended to exhibit Liberia’s rich culture and other under-exploited sectors to those contemplating on investing in the country. The government of Liberia will have no funding obligation associated with the hosting of the event.

The 2019 edition of the continent-wide beauty pageant was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 6, 2019. Ms. Felicity May of South Africa was crowned winner, while Ms. Tina Nyunkor of Liberia and Ms. Bezayit of Ethiopia won the positions of 1st and 2nd Princesses of Africa respectively.

The continental competition evaluates overall physical health, confidence, elegance, social awareness, personality, poise and intellect, and it celebrates the extravagant African beauty and culture of the participants.

Founded in 2014 by Lionel Neo Mashishi, the Miss Africa Continental beauty pageant is an annual international event run by ProAct Communications, alongside Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth contests. The main objective of Miss Africa pageant is to encourage interaction between African countries on various levels and to become an educational platform and empowering tool for young African women to be inspired.

As preparation for the 2020 Miss Africa pageant unfolds, the Department of Tourism at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism has constituted a working team to scout, through a bidding process, a private pageant Management Company that will execute an elegant and internationally recognized event.

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.

“Trade and Financing Forum”

“Trade and Financing Forum” by The African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and The People’s Emergency Center (PEC) on April 6, 2011 from 9am -2pm

(PHILADELPHIA) (March 5, 2011) — The African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) in association with the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) will host a Trade and Financing Forum on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the African Cultural Center on 5000 Springfield Avenue, in West Philadelphia.

The Trade and Financing Forum will address the important issue of accessing capital for the African and Caribbean businesses in Philadelphia. In addition, this forum will discuss the opportunities available in trade and finance through the State, National and International business sector.

The objectives of ACBC are to promote international trade and investments between Africa, the Caribbean and the Greater Philadelphia region; propagate the perspectives of African and Caribbean entrepreneurs with respect to global policies that affect their ability to conduct business; organize global & local training workshops and events as well as engage city, state, and federal government officials, through partnership and advocacy, to make available necessary infrastructures for the development and maintenance of viable African and Caribbean business communities.

The objectives of PEC are to Nurture Families, Strengthen Neighborhoods and Drive Change. Since 2002, PEC has been committed to growing and increasing the vibrancy of the Lancaster Avenue commercial corridor between 38th and 44th Streets. Their strategy for revitalization includes attracting new businesses, helping existing businesses to expand, improving commercial façades and the streetscape, and promoting public safety.

The ACBC President Dr. Azuka Anyiam said “Providing our underserved business community access to capital is an important goal of ACBC and it is for this reason that ACBC is on the march for the establishment of the first African and Caribbean Credit Union in Philadelphia”.

Unified Currency Eludes ECOWAS Nations: West Africa Tackles Economic Downturn – Rodney D. Sieh

Accra, Ghana –
Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-born magnate once said: “Many African States are too small to continue to exist independently. The idea that 53 small African countries thought they could compete with China. India, Europe, and the USA was a ‘fallacy’. Africa “needs scale” to compete with the big economic players. We need scale and we need that now, not tomorrow, the next year or the year after.”

Mr. Freddie Taylor, President Liberian Chamber of Commerce at Tuesday’s ECOWAS business chamber meeting.
Ibrahim’s concept is one of the basis for a three-day workshop on the Popularization of the Federation of the West Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry aimed at creating awareness among member countries about the problems, challenges and opportunities offered by intra-ECOWAS trade in goods and services. Continue reading

New Media – What is it?

Seccom’s Global Marketing Solutions is teaching people all over the world the benefits of connecting their business to much larger markets through “new media”. “New Media” means the internet, and all the technology that comes with it- websites, podcasts, blogs, video, networking, and more… Websites can show off your business in a way that no other medium can, and to people on the far corners of the globe. In this blog, we will talk about all the things Seccom is involved in, and give you some basic information about how “new media” can help you expand the horizons of your business. Feel free to contact us to find out how we can design a site for you, and connect you with our network of business professionals!