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July 14 2006

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman John Hope Bryant, to Facilitate Panel at Leon H. Sullivan Summit VII in Abuja, Nigeria

Event to focus on economically empowering Africans

(Abuja, Nigeria) Friday, July 14, 2006 – Operation HOPE Founder and CEO, John Hope Bryant to deliver HOPE’s mission of ‘silver rights’ during the Leon H. Sullivan Summit VII in Abuja, Nigeria July 17 – 21; facilitating a panel aimed at empowering African entrepreneurs. President Olusegun Obasanjo will serve as Chief Host along with HOPE global spokesperson, Ambassador Andrew Young, who will Co-Chair the event.
 
“We travel to Nigeria with the objective of marshalling resources to expand the private sector, build more economic infrastructure and transfer technologies to African nations to leverage the investment power of the Diaspora. In support of these goals we go to Abuja to promote Global Dignity, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Global Sullivan Principals all as a part of Operation HOPE’s overarching mission to eradicate poverty thorough ‘silver rights’.” said Bryant.
 
Twelve Presidents are expected, along with Heads of State and Government officials from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Former President Clinton is set to speak and President Bush is sending a high level Presidential Delegation.
 
This year’s theme, “Africa: A Continent of Opportunities Building Partnerships for Success” will bring together some of the world’s most influential political and business leaders, delegates representing civil and multinational organizations as well as members of academia from around the world. Joining Bryant’s panel will be: Victoria Kwakwa, Lead Economist, The World Bank, Abuja; Modupe Adelaja, Director, SME Development Agency; and Eugene Nyagahene, Founder and CEO, TELE10 Group.
 
In the spirit of Rev. Sullivan’s belief in the importance of Africa’s economic and social development, the Sullivan Summits were organized by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation to highlight key issues and best practices, to stimulate discussion and define opportunities, promote private enterprise and foster high-level strategic partnerships for the betterment of Africa.
 
Nigeria provides a powerful backdrop for the summit. Boosting more than 130 million people, it accounts for 47 per cent of the West African population. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil exporter and the United States’ fifth-largest supplier. Sponsors of the conference include: Chevron, The CocaCola Company, General Motors, Goodworks International, Daimler Chrysler, and Sunoco.
 
About the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation is a world acclaimed nonprofit organization established by the renowned African American and international humanitarian, the late Reverend Leon. H. Sullivan to advocate for the economic, political and social development of the poor and disadvantaged in America and Africa, by supporting programs and initiatives that serve to reduce poverty, minimize unemployment and build civil societies. Previous Summits of the Foundation had been hosted by Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.