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MSTIKS FOR BACKING PROGRAMMES OF ACTION FOR DURBAN 2001 AND INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF ACTION OR PEOPLES OF AFRICAN DESCENT (2015-2024)

1.    OPENING

The Sessions opened by Maj. General Ishola Williams, the Convener in his welcome remarks thanked everyone for accepting the invitation to participate in the meeting. He invited participants to give a brief self-introduction. A total of 12 participants attended the meeting (6/7 June 2014).
In attendance were participants from Namibia (a 171/2 hour journey), Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia and Maryland.  The rest of the participants were from New York City. (See Annexure 6 for List of participants).
2.    OPENING REMARKS: WHY ARE WE HERE?
In his comprehensive opening remark and in line with the information on the concept paper sent out to all the participants. Please see Annex 3 for the Concept paper. He also went on to explain the interrelated projects of PANAFSTRAG in the AU 6th Region. These projects are:

i.    The inclusion of The UN Decade of Action for African Descendants (DAAD (2015-2024)) within the Framework of the UN Post-2015 SDGs (2015-). It is expected that the inclusion will ensure that Africans and their Descendants worldwide benefit from this new dispensation. The Post-2015 will be the continuation of the MDGs in more sustainable manner. This can only happen if AUC and the member states of AU work with UN member states with diaspora population for budgetary support of DAAD within the framework of poat 2015 SDG’s.

ii.    The creation of a Global African People’s Institute for Knowledge Production to be the Think-Tank cum Creativity and Innovation Incubator for the proposed 6th Region activities in all areas of Trade and Development within Africans and between Africans and its descendants worldwide. It is imperative that the above projects be linked to the Global Intra-African Trade which aims at maximizing the potential of emerging African communities with increasing creative, intellectual, entrepreneurial and purchasing power. These projects need the support of AU Summit, the Global African Parliamentarians and Professional and Business Groups.

(A)    DISCUSSIONS/COMMENTS
Before asking for comments/questions, he credited Mr. Al Washington for his initiative and contributions through his power point presentation he made nearly two years ago about Trade and Development in Global African Communities. In addition, as the Executive Director of Africa – USA Chapter of Commerce in Los Angeles, he is in running a Pilot Project with the establishment of two Trade Centers in Accra and Addis Ababa respectfully. Mr. Washington was programmed to make his presentation in Day 2. Participants were then encouraged to ask questions and/or make comments
The opening remarks were followed with a session on sharing ideas and experiences on the conceptual framework.
During the discussion, the idea of a model to be adopted and adapted was discussed without forgetting the historical contributions of Marcus Garvey. At the end it was agreed that the Common Markets of East and Southern Africa (COMESA), with its Tripartite Arrangement with the East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC), is appropriate in meeting the objectives for Trade and Development of the AU 6th Region and its interface with  5 Regions of Africa.
With a model at the back of our minds, the session moved on to discuss the broad objectives of the model to be put in place. The participants considered that African descendants are found in all continents of the World and do not live in countries that are contiguous as in Africa. In short, global Africans are in: Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Brazil, USA & Canada, Asia, Middle East and the Pacific.
THE MODEL
The big question that came up was how can we create an Economic of Community of Non-Contiguous States and in five continents of the World? The answer according to the participants is to have a non-political but strictly Voluntary, Private sector, and Civil Society included organization with Governments providing the enabling legalize formal and investment frameworks similar to the Black Economic empowerment (BEE) Programme in South Africa and the Brazilian affirmative Action for Afro- Brazilian and Public owned Commercial Industrial sectors and the Minority Business Administration.
THE MAIN OBJECTIVES
With this question answered it was decided that we can have a broad  objectives for the 6th Region Trade and Development with its interface with AU the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in order to Boost both Intra-African Trade (BIAT) and Global Intra-African Trade (GIAT) by 2016 as the target date for the 6th Region. The session expanded on the objectives.
OBJECTIVES: TRADE PROMOTION WITHIN & BETWEEN BLACK COMMUNITIES & BUSINESSES WORLDWIDE BY:
a.    Creating and enabling the environment for legal framework for the growth of the African Private Sector, the provision of secure investment environment and adoption of those legal frameworks and standards which will be used for Building and Boosting Global INTRA AFRICA TRADE within the framework of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
b.    Enhance black ownership of International communication and transport facilities to accelerate trade and development activities within and between global African communities and with the continent in order to enable movements of goods, services and people.

THE NAME AND INSTITUTION
Many names were suggested but the participants agreed on 6th Region Economic Community (6th REC) {Consider, also 6th Region African Markets (6th RAMs)}
With a name, in place determining the type and categories of membership was the next subject for discussion. Since as earlier discussed that the organization cannot be state – centric but centered on Private sector cum Business/Professional Groups and Business related CSOs.
There was a consensus that there will be four categories of members with interim volunteer coordinators. The group considers it imperative to build sustainable relationship with the Governments and the Parliamentarians through a Global African Parliamentarians’ Forum. The AUC , Regional Economic  Communities and National Governments.
First Day’s Meeting Closure
The first day’s meeting was brought to a close after a review of the day’s discussions which was centered on the concept of GIAT. It was agreed that the second day be dedicated to Mr. Al Washington, of Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce’s, presentation which included historical references to African American experience  on how Scalable economic activities from  the  Local Economy to national and International Trade as a strategy can be built on, for making, the initiative of the 6th Global African Economy, Trade and Business  work .
DAY 2
 Al Washington was invited to give his presentation. He made a power point presentation. In using the History of African-American experience in Business in USA and Canada, he demonstrated how we can build on that historical experience to achieve our objectives in the Business World of today and the future. He observed that no matter where he went in Global Africa his presentations were adaptive and appropriate. He shared the power point with all the participants.
The facilitator invited questions and comments from participants at the end of Al Washington’s positive and very exciting presentation. He suggested three areas for discussion.
1.    The need to amend the earlier structure of GIAT for linkages with Economic and Trade for the framework of the existing organization in Africa and the Diaspora countries. The how – to and functions of the new structure which will include the GLOBAL AFRICAN TRADE CENTRES/AFRICAN MARKET PLACES.
2.    THE TRADE CENTER & MARKET PLACES within the new structure with its linkage with the CFTA.
The session agreed on the amended structure as below with the inclusion of the Centers or Global African Trade/Market Places
 
The participants were then introduced to the Global African Peoples’ Institute (GAPI)(See Annex 6) for the Executive Summary for the  functions of  GAPI and the possible locations. Its main role is to be a THINK TANK backup for the DAAD and the 6th RAM with the Market Places.                                        
CLOSURE
The meeting was closed with a plea for participants to seek for a volunteer Lawyer who can assist in putting flesh to the Constitution as proposed under the various headings (see Annex). Finally, the session agreed on two schematics to illustrate the expected outcomes (Annex 3 &4)


List of Annexes
1.    Al Washington Presentation   - Was sent by Al
2.    GAPI Diagram with the Executive Summary
3.    New Diagram
4.    Concept Paper
5.    The Constitution
6.    Participants List


Annex 2
Global African Peoples’ Institute (GAPI)
THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
GAPI - To Search, To Learn, To Innovate, To Realize Global Africans’ Full Potential
1.    MISSION: (See Diagrams)
a.    To provide leadership in advancing Global African Knowledge systems with innovation in solving the most important challenges of Global African Poverty and exclusion where culture, history, philosophy, science, technology, engineering, medicine and environment intersect
b.    To prepare Global African peoples including followers and leaders for policy and practice reforms not only through conduct of scholarly research but also through good practices in developing prescriptions for sustainable and effective culture- based and environmentally sound anti-poverty eradication practices.
2.    RATIONALE
GAPI recognizes science, technology, engineering, environment and medicine, driven by history, culture and Global African Knowledge system, as forces constantly transforming both the Global African challenges we face and the opportunities for problem – solving and sustainable institutional building for efficient and effective resources utilization and output. GAPI will address these challenges by integrating. knowledge, insights, practices, and innovations of Historians, Cultural Anthropologists, Philosophers, Natural  Scientist, Technologist, Agriculturists, Engineers etc. with decision-makers in rural and urban areas, government and business. This is done within the framework of the following instruments.
o    The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
o    The African Union Declaration and Programme of Action
o    The DG/SDG’s  post 2015
3.    HUMAN RESOURCES
GAPI at its core will be an integrated community of scholars and practitioners/activists in UWI supported by Global African Interdisciplinary and Multi-disciplinary groups of Research Fellows and Practitioners in designated centers and countries of the five continents with Global African communities. These centers are to be designated in association with the Association of African Universities and other Excellent African Diaspora Think – Tanks.
4.    THE OUTPUT
Through policy briefs, practice notes, interactive seminars and workshops, brainstorming sessions, knowledge sharing, and innovation laboratories to hands-on field work and forum, GAPI will promote and facilitate the use of culture-based innovative solutions to fulfill its mission in all Global African communities worldwide.
5.     OUTCOME
Self – reliant and empowered global African people and future
6.    FINANCING
Contributions and grants from Global African Communities, Individuals, Entities and selected International Multilateral Organizations.

GAPI IS TO INOOVATE OUR KNOWLDEGE FOR OUR DEVELOPMENT AND SELF RELIANCE (Diagram 1)


THE FRAMEWORK:
•    The DDPA
•    The AUDPA
•    The MDG’s /SDG’s POST 2015
•    The DECADE OF ACTION


Annex 3

Annex 4
Concept Paper

INTEGRATING THE 6TH REGION ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF A CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (CFTA-2017) FOR BOOSTING INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE (BIAT)

PREAMBLE

          In line with the Initiatives of the African Union since its creation in 2002 to make African Descendants (through forced and voluntary migration) in all the five continents of the world, active participants in the cultural, social and economic development of the motherland Africa and to enhance their quality, pride and contributions in their host/home states, it has provided the policy framework for the Sixth Region to include all the global African Communities worldwide.

The AU has also recognized the financial contributions and remittances to Africa’s development in addition to increasing efforts to establish linkages for trade and business activities between their Home states and the mother continent The potential in this area is yet to be fully utilized by the Descendants The time has now come to explore and exploit all the existing and future opportunities for Africans worldwide to take the commanding heights.
Marcus Garvey between the 1920s and 40s showed how the Descendants in USA and the Caribbean can build Political, Cultural and business Linkages with the motherland
COMESA on the other has become a model for intra-regional trade within the continent.
We need to bring these two models together for CFTA linked with the 6th RECs to Boost Intra-Africa Trade (BIAT).

INTRODUCTION:

In line with the above, AU has taken  initiatives to form the Sixth Region in the Diaspora in Article 3(q) of the Constitutive Act of the AU of 2003 inviting African Diaspora to join its deliberative body as a 6th Region; the establishment of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus in 2006 and the African Diaspora Mobilization Initiative in 2007;
a.    AU policies on Intra-African Trade and its Strategic Plan of Action for CFTA and BIAT with the UNECA and other International Agencies has put in place the necessary framework for the 2017 deadline
b.    The first Global Africa Diaspora Summit, and the First Global African Parliamentarians Forum which were held in Sandton, South Africa between 21 and 25 May 2012 and its follow up Declaration and Recommendations which included the development of effective regional integration mechanisms to enhance interaction between the AU and Diaspora and the recommendation to take concrete measures that would promote and sustain linkages between AU and Diaspora in priority areas including trade and investment. One of the outcomes was  the October 2013 AU/Diaspora(AMERICAS) Consultation of Oct,2014 in New York City
c.    The African descendants did a follow up Conference to the Sandton Summit from 21 to 23 November 2013 at Costa do Sauipe in Bahia Brazil and issued a “Statement of the Africa and African Diaspora Summit: Opportunities for the development of Africa.” One of the key recommendation included participation in the development of the Private Sector, Investment, Science and Technology etc….

The Preamble:

The purpose: -  To institutionalize the effective linkages and activate within and between the 6th Region economic Communities with existing RECs and facilitate its integration to the African Union Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in order to Boost Intra-African Trade (BIAT) and Intra-Global African Trade(IGAT).

The strategy: - To design sustainable institution/ structures/mechanisms for the linkages and interface with the RECs and act as the vehicle for integration to the African Union CFTA for BIAT and IGAT.

The exploration - To use Trade Centers in key Cities that will focus on BIAT and IGAT.
Lobby and influence African and Global African states to enact Minority/Descendants focused business laws to promote Global African business and Trade. Malaysia did same while the other Asian countries do it in practice

PROPOSED PLAN OF ACTION – June 2014 to June 2016
1.    Reach out to Afro-descendants Business Communities, Chambers of Commerce thorough Regional Business Fora; RECs, ECOWAS, COMESA and CEMAC; selected Public Sector institutions and agencies in Africa and Diaspora for awareness and collaboration
2.    Organize a two-day brainstorming and methodological workshop in New York on 06 and 07 JUNE, 2014 on this subject. It will include the discussion on the pros and Cons of Trade Centers
3.    Set up a committee to work out details of HOW and WHEN from the decisions taken at the workshop and  to seek out knowledge and other  support for the implementation

 OUTCOMES-Positive outcome is expected as there is already a consensus of all shades of opinion in and outside the continent that the time is now. We have the models and existing institutions that we can build on to create the sustainable and workable linkages between and within existing AU and Global African Host States’ institutions for CFTA, BIAT and IGAT by 2016. Build on the existing Trade centers in Accra, Ghana and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by December, 2015


Annex 5
The 6th Region African Markets (GRA)
Draft Constitution/Statutes
CHAPTER  1 - PRINCIPLES
ARTICLE ONE
THE NAME: GLOBAL 6TH REC
ARTICLE 2
THE ESTABLISHMENT: NEED TO CREATE 6TH REC
ARTICLE 3
-    TYPE OF ORGANISATIONS
-    CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE 4
CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP

4 CATEGORIES
ARTICLE 5
UNDERTAKING ON IMPLEMENTATION
-    RIGHTS
-    OBLIGATIONS
ARTICLE 6
OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMUNITY
SPECIFIC DETAILS OF THE OBJECTIVES
CHAPTER 2 – INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
ARTICLE 7
INSTITUTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY
1.    TRADE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-PAN-AFRICAN TRADE CENTRES
2.    HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT-GLOBAL AFRICAN PEOPLES’ INSTITUTE
DETAILS & ACTION FORM 2015 TO 2024
ARTICLE 8
COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS
ARTICLE 9
TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (TED)
ARTICLE 10
HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (HUSOD)
ARTICLE 11
BODIES OF THE COMMUNITY
-    SECRETARIAT
-    LEGAL
-    RESOURCES
ARTICLE 12
COOPERATION AND COLLABORATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY
ARTICLE 13
R & D
ARTICLE 14
COOPERATION WITH AUC, REC IN GLOBAL AFRICA, NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS, PARLIAMENTARIANS ETC
CHAPTER  3 – RESOURCE AND PROGRAMMES
ARTICLE 15
PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
ARTICLE 16
RESOURCE MOBILISATION
ARTICLE 17
COMMUNICATIONS
CHAPTER 4 – LEGAL, JURISDICTION ETC
ARTICLE 18
LEGAL
ARTICLE 19
DISCIPLINE
ARTICLE 20
JURISDICTION
ARTICLE 21
DISPUTES & ARBITRATION
ARTICLE 22
ETHICS
ARTICLE 23
DISSOLUTION (General Williams says since this is voluntary group, then this action will NEVER take place)


ANNEX 6


NAME    CONTACT DETAILS
Ms. Chinyere T. K. Norman    (404) 552-8745, cnorman@advlegacy.com

Dr. N. A. C. Nghifindaka    (264) 334-3996, mnghifindaka@yahoo.com

Mr. Seba Damani Anderson    (347) 277-2951, ds518@aol.com

Mr. Ernest Dio    (718) 909-4942
Mr. Al Washington    (626) 243-3614, alwash9727@aol.com

Mr. Milade I Charles    (301) 852-4514, c.milade@yahoo.com

Ms. Iman Drammeh-Nur    (646) 872-1232, idrammeh@earthlink.net
Prof. Nkechi Agwu    (917) 601-4366, nagwu@bmcc.cuny.edu

Maj. General Ishola Williams    (201) 210-1457, isholawilliams@yahoo.com

Prof. Stella Williams    (412) 999-0836, aquabolaster@gmail.com

Ms. Viola Williams    (914) 396-862, vowilly@yahoo.com

Ms. Miamah Richards    (347) 635-2980, miajo1224@yahoo.com

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