Mr. Sylvester Okere is the statewide Director of Continental African Leadership Council by the Maryland Democratic Party. He is the Sr. Partner at Strategic Groups LLC. He is also the President & CEO of Watchman Protective Services, Inc. (A certified Private Security/Private Detective firm with head office in Maryland) a member of the American Security Council, American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and World Association of Detectives. He is a strategic partner (consultant) with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the US Department of Commerce. He is the Chair-Maryland-Nigeria Sister State Executive Committee, and member of the Maryland Sister State Program Advisory Board. He is the first African immigrant in Maryland elected super delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) 2012. He is a strong member of the Maryland Democratic Party Executive Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Mid Atlantic Finance Committee, Obama Victory Trustee (OVT), and alumni of Obama University (focusing on Obama victory campaign fundraising). Mr. Okere has been recently appointed the the Diaspora Mobilizer (Technical) for Ethics and Values by the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ethics and Values. His notable accomplishments include recognition from the Governor of Maryland (Office of Minority Affairs), a 2010 national award from the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Office of Diaspora Affairs), and being listed among the “Top 100 Diversity Owned Business” in Maryland. Mr. Okere has appeared on several media/shows representing the Continental African Community in Diaspora USA such as Swedish TV, South African Sunday Times, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), and City of Laurel cable network, Voice of America TV, Eminent Leaders Magazine, and African Ovation. Mr. Okere has been selflessly engaged with several organizations and caucuses. Mr. Okere has a distinguished career as a businessman, community leader and political activist in the United States and Africa. Also, with the office of the Secretary of State of Maryland recently led a successful trade mission to Nigeria in November 2012.
[UN News]With 44 people missing and feared drowned after a smugglers' boat capsized off the coast of southern Yemen, the UN refugee agency today urged the donor community and civil society to develop comprehensive responses to reduce and ultimately prevent these hazardous journeys.
[Greenpeace]One year after the publication of a Greenpeace Africa report on the situation of the logging sector in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the entry into force of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), the DRC forest sector remains in a state of organized chaos and continues to supply the illegal timber to the European market.
[The Point]Spain and The Gambia will sign a new agreement on trade and infrastructure to boost the economy of the two countries, according to Antonio Sánchez Benedito, Spain's roving ambassador for the Sahel region.
The Annual AGOA Civil Society Forum was hosted in Washington, DC from June 11-15, 2012.
As a member of the organizing committee, ADC's President got a first hand look at what kind of impact this legislation has made since it was enacted in 2000. Up for renewal in 2015, there has been debate about AGOA's effectiveness in its current form. Read More>>