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African Ambassadors’ event: Promoting a new vision for a contemporary and successful Africa

Post by Evelyn Owen
Group photo from UN Ambassadors event
African UN Ambassadors, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium to the UN, Brussels Airlines, and The Africa Center come together at the TWA Lounge for an evening of dialogue.

The Africa Center recently participated in an event that welcomed African UN Ambassadors to gather for an evening of dialogue, along with our friends at Brussels Airlines and The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United Nations.

Entitled “Promoting a New Vision for a Contemporary and Successful Africa,” the event was an opportunity to discuss how international partnerships can promote economic development in African countries.

After a warm welcome from H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, the Ambassadors heard about the work of The Africa Center from Interim CEO Dana Reed, and enjoyed Virtual Reality tours of our building.*

Next up, Christophe Allard, Director North America, Brussels Airlines, presented his company’s work in Africa and its goal to strengthen its already deep engagement with the continent.

The Ambassadors then shared their perspectives on priorities in the aviation and wider business sectors in their countries, and gave valuable feedback on how organizations can forge productive relationships with companies, governments, and communities on the continent.

It was a wonderful evening of thoughtful dialogue, which generated a vision of the work to be done and the possibilities at stake. Key take-aways included the importance of equal partnerships, the necessity of improving intra-country flights within Africa, and the significance of New York’s diverse African communities for fostering partnerships between the US and African countries.

The event concluded with cocktails provided by the fantastic hosts at the TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center.

Many thanks to all who attended, Brussels Airlines, and The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United Nations. We can’t wait to see how these partnerships and discussions develop!

 

* Don’t forget that you can watch a 2D version of the tour right here on our website!

 

Virtual Reality tour
Guests explore The Africa Center's building with our Virtual Reality tour.
The Africa Center's Interim CEO, Dana Reed, with Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, H. E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve
The Africa Center's Interim CEO, Dana Reed, with Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, H. E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve.
The Africa Center's Interim CEO, Dana Reed
The Africa Center's Interim CEO, Dana Reed, speaks about our mission and plans.
Permanent Representative of the Gambia to the United Nations, Mamadou Tangara
The Permanent Representative of the Gambia to the United Nations, H. E. Mr. Mamadou Tangara, addresses the gathering.
Presentation by Christophe Allard
Christophe Allard, Director North America, Brussels Airlines, discusses the company's operations in Africa.
Aubrey Saiwala
Mr. Aubrey Saiwala, representative of The Permanent Mission of Republic of Malawi to the United Nations.
African UN Ambassadors listen to a presentation by The Africa Center's Interim CEO, Dana Reed.
H.E. Ms. Ambroisine Kpongo, Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic to the United Nations
H.E. Ms. Ambroisine Kpongo, Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic to the United Nations.
Curtis L. Archer
Curtis L. Archer, President of the Harlem Community Development Corporation, speaks about the deep-rooted connections between Harlem and the African continent.
H. E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila and H. E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve
Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, H. E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila, with Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, H. E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve.
Christophe Allard, Director North America, Brussels Airlines, shakes hands with H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Félix do Rego, Permanent Representative of Benin to the United Nations.
Christophe Allard, Director North America, Brussels Airlines, shakes hands with H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Félix do Rego, Permanent Representative of Benin to the United Nations.
African UN Ambassadors applauding
African UN Ambassadors applaud at the end of the event at the TWA Lounge.

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