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MIPAD to Africa leaders, patronise black owned businesses in America

by Business News Report

Most Influential People of African Descent has called on Africa leaders to make it a point to always patronise Black lead businesses by spending their money while in the United States. The body in an open letter to Biden and Africa leaders attending U.S.-Africa Leaders Submit said “on this historic gathering of African governments, private sector leaders and their delegations on the invitation of President Biden to Washington, DC from December 13-15, 2022, for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, we issue this open letter with a call to action. We, at the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), are calling for the delegations to Washington D.C. to support the economic empowerment of Black entrepreneurs by spending their dollars prioritising Black owned businesses. 

“The governments and private sector leaders from Africa must make it a policy to be patronising Black businesses when they attend international events and have official visits outside of Africa to the Diaspora. It is estimated that the presence of these African delegations in Washington, DC during this period will contribute millions of dollars to the US economy with mandatory diplomatic travel & tourism spend including personal expenditures. We appeal to our African public and private sector leaders to become intentional about driving Black economic empowerment in the USA and across the Diaspora. The plan is to simply leverage their presence in these international cities to create a support mechanism and economic security for Black Entrepreneurs. This will help advance Black entrepreneurship and Black-owned businesses as many recover from the pandemic, says Kamil Olufowobi, Founder & CEO, Most Influential People of African Descent.”

“It is in this light that we, MIPAD, hereby call on the U.S. Department of State and the City of Government in the District of Columbia to coordinate efforts to have a readily available and current Black-owned business directory made available to invited delegations. A similar effort was coordinated by MIPAD, the City of New York and Office for Mayor Eric Adams of New York City during the annual United Nations General Assembly.”

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