Sister Cities International,
with news of a sustainable agriculture, economic development and tourism exchange
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Arkansas Municipal League Building in North Little Rock.
Participants: People from the Arkansas Delta
and from the Volta region
, a country in western Africa.
Ghana has been in Arkansas news recently for the unfortunate reason
decided to scrap a planned visit by a Ghana delegation
as part of a Sister Cities initiative because of local fears about the Ebola virus
. White supremacists had also been complaining about the visit of Africans. The Ebola virus has not been reported in Ghana. It has been found in other African countries, none contiguous to Ghana. It is contracted by exposure and health authorities say risk to Americans is slight.
The notice from Banks said the participants would talk about ways to work together on mutually beneficial projects and build long-lasting relationships. A welcome mat is a good start.
Participants include Prince Kwame Kludjeson, President & Chair, Africa Global Sister Cities; Prince Kofi Kludjeson, Executive Chairman Kludjeson International/ALTELL; the Honorable Francis Komla Ganyaglo, Ghana Deputy Minister; Chris Masingill of the Delta Regional Authority; Grant Tennille of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; former Star City Mayor Gene Yarbrough, and Dr. Henry English, small farms project director at UAPB.
I presume visitors from Harrison would be welcome. North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith
will be welcoming the group from Ghana to open the program.
I'm pleased to oblige Sherman Banks, president emeritus of