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I. African Globalism African Diaspora Link: Trading Skills & Resources for Global Empowerment Hosted by: The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR)


PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL
BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION’S
34TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
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Defining the Moment and the Movement:
A Summary Report and Blueprint for Community Action



I.  African Globalism
African Diaspora Link: Trading Skills & Resources for Global Empowerment 
Hosted by:  The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) 
Panelists: Gregory Simpkins (moderator), Rep. Donald Payne, Humberto Adami Santos, Salih 
Booker, Mori Diane`, Elias Mageto, Joe Madison, Gov. Luis Muliro 
Summary:  
The purpose of this panel was to map out a plan for future collaboration socially, politically, and 
economically among communities within the African continent and throughout the African 
Diaspora.  There were important implications for working relationships between the Diaspora and 
the African Union (AU).  Various speakers acknowledged that long-standing divisions between 
Africans born in America and Africans who have come to America limit productive collaboration.  
Panelists identified a need to access informal networks that provide inroads to international 
agencies and democratic processes whereby  businessmen and women are given access to 
information before decisions are made.  This panel also provided a platform for Afro-descendant 
institutional building within those organizations. Concrete recommendations on how to bring these 
communities together, including improving our communication skills and studying languages like 
French, Spanish and Portuguese were suggested.  There was also a call to support institutions 
and organizations that facilitate cooperative work.  Acknowledgement that cultural differences and 
misconceptions about cultural differences are an  impediment to progress; to move forward it is 
necessary to eradicate the cultural conditioning imposed by the media.    
Recommendations for Action: 
Lead the War on HIV/AIDS 
• Provide access to essential anti-AIDS drugs. 
• Provide at least $3.5 billion per year to support the work of the Global Fund, is a new 
vehicle that can lead to the defeat of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  
Invest in Development
• Increase aid to from all rich countries to sub-Saharan African countries to fight 
poverty and promote sustainable development. 
• Require aid to promote human development, and help assist Africa in reaching its 
agreed development goals, such as health and education.  This should be 
considered international investment rather than aid. 
Cancel Africa’s External Debt
• Support the outright cancellation of Africa’s debts.  It should use its influence at the 
World Bank and IMF to press for immediate and unconditional debt cancellation for 
African countries. 
Promote Fair Trade 
• Commit to expanding market access for African goods, and eroding the double 
standard in international trade rules.  This will require addressing trade barriers and 
agricultural subsidies that hinder African exports that continue to preclude an 
equitable trading relationship. 
Support African Efforts to End War & Promote Peace 
• Sustain financial and diplomatic commitment to conflict resolution is crucial to 
regional and international security. 2
• Commit to supporting African peace-making initiatives, by increasing international 
support to ensure its success. 
Help Advance Democracy and Human Rights
• Promote democracy and the full spectrum of human rights in Africa to encourage 
economic and social progress, and enhance international stability. 
      Utilize Technology to Share Information Across the Globe
• Create a web site that could provide a portal for exchange of information back and 
forth.  Create a country specific database so that an entrepreneur who might be 
interested in going into a country can go in and find comprehensive information about 
other states and regions and the business environment within these countries, 
including the fiscal regime, the foreign investment code, the registration and business 
regulation, the rules of foreign ownership of land, as well as the export and import 
policies. 
Connect Business Owners 
• Create a business matchmaking service where this portal will  serve to introduce 
business owners on both sides of the ocean.  The development of a business 
mentoring program that would allow the savvier business persons in the Diaspora 
country to be able to offer mentoring assistance to entrepreneurs in need.  Create a 
retired business executive program.   
P-R-O-C-E-E-D-I-N-G-S 
(1:30 p.m.) 
MR. MAGETO:  Good afternoon, everybody…I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to 
the Africa Diaspora Link - Trading Skills and Resources for Global Empowerment panel. 
The purpose of this panel is to map out and plan the future of social, political and economic 
collaboration among different communities in the Diaspora.   
I'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome our moderator for today, Mr. Gregory 
Simpkins…Please join me in welcoming Mr. Gregory Simpkins. 
MR. SIMPKINS:  Thank you, Elias…our forum here this afternoon has very important implications 
for working relationships between the African Diaspora and the African Union.  In December 
2002, the African Union, through the Foundation for Democracy in Africa, held the first African 
Diaspora Forum for those of us in the western hemisphere.  The AU was so impressed with that 
gathering of people from North America, South America and the Caribbean that they changed the 
charter of the AU to include the Diaspora as the sixth region of Africa. 
However, the promise of that action has yet to bear fruit.  The main but unspoken reason appears 
to be the long-standing division between Africans born in America and Africans who have come 
to America to live.  We in the Africanist community tell ourselves that we are of one mind on 
advancing Africa, but there remains a definite division, which must be addressed if we are to take 
advantage of the opportunities that exist before us. 
For many years, there were relatively few of us who worked on African issues and had significant 
contact with Africans.  But the rise in immigration from the nations of Africa, as well as the nations 
of the Caribbean, now means that there are more than one African-American community to take 
into consideration. 
In Miami, for example, Haitian blacks have a very different agenda than American-born blacks, 
and the assembled power of black voters in that area are weakened as a result.  In cities such as 
New York and Boston, the percentage of foreign-born blacks is nearly a third of all black citizens.  3
Political and social patterns are changing as a result, to the alarm of many African-American 
leaders. 
When many of us born here use the term African-American, we mean just the descendants of 
slaves.  When many Africans use the term Diaspora, they mean just those Africans born on the 
continent who live away from the continent today.  We must face this reality and get past it.   
Let us be clear.  Nigerians who have become Americans are just as much African-Americans as 
anyone born in America.  Jamaicans living in Jamaica are just as much members of the African 
Diaspora as Cameroonians living in Germany.   
If we exclude one another from what are supposed to be common terms of reference, of selfdefinition, then how will we work together as so many of our ancestors had hoped that we would? 
W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, George Padmore, and many others worked very diligently 
throughout our history to get black people throughout the world to use our talents collectively.  
They were frustrated in that effort by officials from Europe and from America. 
We must now ask ourselves if we are prepared to undo the progress that we have achieved thus 
far that led us to what is the best opening for cooperation between Africans on the both sides of 
the Atlantic Ocean ever. 
…But I would challenge our panel and also our audience not to leave here today without offering 
solid recommendations on how the descendants of Africa on both sides of the Atlantic can best 
use our collective resources to meet the challenges we face in the global economy. 
Now, to introduce our panel.  First…Congressman Donald Payne,…the Honorable Luis 
Muliro,…Joe Madison,…Salih Booker,…Mr. Mori Diane…[l]ast, but certainly not least, Humberto 
Adami Santos, Jr.

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MR. SIMPKINS:  At this time, we'll here from Mr. Santos. 
MR. ADAMI:  …The subject of this panel about African Diaspora Links made understand that we 
are connected after years and years of fights. 
Some time ago, I could see it in Montevideo, Uruguay, in a workshop built by Mundo Afro, a black 
Uruguayan NGO, part of the feelings of the staying in a boat like the ones that brought African 
human beings to [the] Americas.  The news that humans sunk at that occasion make me 
understand the intelligence of old black Africans that still are living through their dissonance.  We 
can see the same strategy in every place in the world, telling us what we mean today. 
The resistance of African people around the world for a long, long time.  If you pay attention, half 
this population is speaking different idioms, have very similar customs, and some of them never 
can explain why… 
This means resistance.  We received in Brazil some members of Congressional Black Caucus 
Foundation for twice in a happening made by U.S. American Chamber of Commerce of Sao 
Paulo…We talked a lot and we could understand that we can do things together.  We have many 
North American companies that have divested criteria offered a mission for jobs in USA. 
Brazilian-American companies who are in the majority don't have the same criteria.  We 
encourage you to ask that at least the same criteria of inclusion in Brazil can be abducted.  
Remember that Brazilian African descendants population are more than 50 percent.  We see 
Banco de Brazil workers, pension funds, the biggest pension funds of Brazil make a question to 
those to this 140 biggest companies in Brazil. 
How many black persons you have in the middle managers and directories of those 140 biggest 
companies that work in Brazil?  Two percent was the answer of the research for the African 
descent population of more than 50 percent.  A lot of American black people press on those 
companies that have a Brazilian branch can do a lot of difference for Brazilian black people if they 
use the criteria for diversity that they use in the American principal plants of the company. 
…[T]his strategy shows that we can be an example of this cooperation between Afro-Americans 
and Afro-Brazilians and how can get empowerment of the African population and the Diaspora.   
We still have black African clandestines arriving Brazil seacoasts…[s]ome of them when 
discovered are from the high sea.  Some of them are rescued by Brazilian fisherman.  Then they 
have to go to prison, waiting to be deported back  to Africa.  We from ERAI, Environmental and 
Racial Advocacy Institutes, are trying hard on the courts of Brazil to get those human beings out 
of Brazilian prisons and not being deported after 15 days living inside those boats with hunger, 
fear and desperation. 
African blacks are arriving in Brazil seacoasts  for more than 500 years and going to prison.  It's 
past the time to change those things.  We have some people from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, 9
Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and other African countries.  The Brazilian black movements try 
to change those things…   
We can obviously point to two markets: the  consumer market and the labor market.  Black 
population in all parts of the world are consumers, depending less or more the amount of money 
that they can spend in each society.  But normally they are not represented in the advertisements 
of companies that sell products to them. 
…It is time for black people everywhere to get organized as consumers and so to have 
opportunities in the labor markets. 
I have to finish inviting you all to participate in African campaigning that will bringing 
empowerment to black in all Americas, in all countries in all Africa and the continents… 

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