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Whittier College
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Contact:     Gabriela Baez or Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974         

Reference:  03/04: 44

Date:          Feb. 20, 2004                                                                                                                      

Former Ambassador to Ghana to Discuss African Politics at Whittier College

WHAT:          Former Ambassador from Ghana to the U.S. Koby A. Koomson speaks on the “Legitimacy of Ethnic Politics and Conflict Prevention in Africa.”

WHEN:          7 p.m., Thursday, March 4.

WHERE:        The Faculty Center at Whittier College, east of the corner of Painter Ave. and Earlham St. in Whittier.

COST:           Free and open to the public.

ADD:                      Serving as Ghana’s representative to the U.S. from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Koomson played a pivotal role in the passage of the African Growth Opportunity Act, signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in May of 2000.  The historic trip of Clinton to Ghana in 1998 is among Koomson’s many achievements as ambassador, including the negotiation and completion of several trade and investment agreements between the U.S. and Ghana.  He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and currently leads The Koomson Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in trade, business development and new technology opportunities between the U.S. and Africa. 

INFORMATION:       Further information on the Ambassador’s visit is available by calling David Iyam, associate professor of anthropology, at (562) 907-4200, ext. 4893.

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