November 8 - 10, 2009
The program began on November 9th with a visit to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The discussions at the meetings centered on the Foundation's Africa-related initiatives; the Ambassadors commended the Foundation for the work it is currently doing in Africa. From there, the delegation proceeded to Seattle’s City Hall where Councilmember Richard McIver welcomed the delegation to the city of Seattle and spoke briefly about the city and its current focus, as well as what the council represents. The delegation was also addressed by the President of the Council, Richard Collins, and by Councilmember Bruce Harrell. In the late afternoon, the delegation took a tour of the Boeing facility in Everett, WA. The excursion left the participants amazed at American ingenuity over the years and Boeing's future projects. The day rounded off with a visit to PATH, an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. At PATH, the delegation was welcomed by Jacqueline Sherris, the Vice President for Global Programs and other members of the senior staff. It was an informative session, with the delegation discussing the possibilities of solving multiple health problems in Africa.
That evening, a lively dinner was held at the renowned Wild Ginger Asian restaurant in Seattle with Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and members of the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest.
A visit to Microsoft started off the following day. Expectations were high, as the delegation looked forward to visiting the world’s software giant. A breakfast meeting took place at the Executive Briefing Center, with a group of young African employees in attendance. After a brief introduction of the organization and its areas of focus, especially in Africa, the Ambassadors took the opportunity to raise questions concerning advanced technology and its uses for development in Africa. The next stop was Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle. After a multimedia presentation and discussion, the delegation took part in a coffee tasting exercise, highlighting the range of coffee collected by Starbucks.
The final destination for the delegation was the University of Washington in Seattle, where close to 200 students and faculty attended a panel discussion hosted by the Evans School of Public Affairs and the Jackson School of International Studies.
Ambassador Steve D. Matenje, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations
Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations
Ambassador Daniel Antonio, Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations
Ambassador Gerald Scott, Africa Area Advisor for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations
Mr. Guillaume Niagri Bailly, First Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Nations
Mr. Alfred Ndabarasa, Second Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations
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