News Americas Now, PHILADELPHIA, PA, Weds. October 30, 2014: The African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) will honor outstanding African and Caribbean nationals for their contributions to the City of Philadelphia and the region at its 5th Winter Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 8, 2012 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Philadelphia Airport Hotel , 4509 Island Avenue in Philadelphia.
The theme of the Awards Dinner is “Building Global Partnerships for Local and Global Economic Development.”
The event will recognize the great achievements of members of the fast growing population of African and Caribbean immigrants in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. According to recent estimates, the city is home to some 80,000 immigrants from more than 35 countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
The event will feature the Awards Dinner, a VIP Reception and a Business Roundtable. According to ACBC President Dr. Azuka Anyiam, the event is part of ACBC’s commitment to the promotion of business opportunities in Africa and the Caribbean and the growth of relationships in Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania.
Awards will be presented in seven major categories including the ACBC Award for Innovation, Excellence, Service, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Person of the Year and ACBC Medal of Honor.
The day’s event will kick off with a Business Round Table Discussion on Trade and Investment from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Philadelphia Airport Hilton Hotel. This will be followed by a VIP reception for special guests, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Winter Award Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and the evening will close with an after dinner party. Several ambassadors from Africa and the Caribbean will be in attendance. There will be a special session on Ebola to help support the Republic of Liberia.
The keynote speaker for the Business Roundtable is Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The roundtable is being held in association with The African and Caribbean Alliance for Development. The keynote speaker for the Awards Dinner is The Honorable Dr. Stephen Kebwe, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Tanzania.
Sponsors of the Awards Dinner include Arik Air, Satandar Bank, Mack Defense LLC, International Water Company, Ecowayz, media partner VSN Network and Arkansas Department of Health.
ACBC’s goals 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 and local training workshops and events as well as to engage city, state, and federal government officials, through partnership and advocacy and to make available necessary infrastructures for the development and maintenance of viable African and Caribbean business communities.