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Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai Begins Three-Day Visit to Minnesota, on Sept. 3

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai Begins Three-Day Visit to Minnesota, on Sept. 3

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PRESS RELEASE

                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn., August 29, 2012: The Kakata-Brooklyn Park Sister City Committee, in collaboration with the City of Brooklyn Park, is honored to wholeheartedly welcome His Excellency Joseph N. Boakai, Vice President of Liberia, to Minnesota on Monday Sept. 3.

Vice President Boakai’s three-day official visit, which concludes on Wednesday Sept. 5, will include a town hall meeting with Liberians in Minnesota, bilateral talks with city and state officials, engagement with leaders of educational institutions, discussion with a long list of partners to support Liberia’s development agenda, and an appreciation dinner in his honor.

As head of a four-man high-powered delegation, Vice President Boakai’s team to Minnesota will feature His Excellency Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberia’s Ambassador to the U.S., Edwin Sele, deputy chief of mission, and Sam Stevquoah, his chief of staff.

At a town hall forum on Monday Sept. 3, where he is expected to give context to both the remarkable gains and the inherent challenges of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s defining policy goals, Vice President Boakai will field several questions from members of the Liberian community in Minnesota, covering a host of national and Diaspora issues.

On Tuesday Sept. 4, he will meet with leaders of North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) and Hennepin Technical College (HTC), the two widely-respected colleges based in Brooklyn Park. He will seek to reinforce existing efforts, mainly focused on transferring some of the technical expertise of the two institutions to Liberia, including the possibility of overhauling Booker Washington Institute (BWI), a major technical center in the war-torn country. He is also scheduled to participate in an ongoing conversation with both Brooklyn Park’s fire and police chiefs, all aimed at securing additional logistical and technical assets to support the rebuilding of Liberia’s fire safety and law enforcement infrastructures.

To crown his much-anticipated visit, Vice President Boakai will, on Wednesday Sept. 5, headline a special appreciation dinner tendered in his honor by Brooklyn Park. There, he will recount how the partnership between this richly diverse city and the people and government of Liberia has grown to an unprecedented height, opening new doors of mutual opportunities and strengthening cherished cross-cultural ties.

Vice President Boakai’s visit, which is in response to an official invitation from Mayor Jeffrey Lunde of Brooklyn Park, and the Kakata-Brooklyn Park Sister City Committee, marks an important milestone in the partnership. The Brooklyn Park City Council recently passed a unanimous resolution, establishing a Sister City relationship with the City of Kakata, Liberia.

Rev. Alexander Collins, chairperson of the Kakata-Brooklyn Park Sister City Committee and head of the planning committee of the vice president’s visit to Minnesota, said: “In addition to Brooklyn Park, other cities, including Brooklyn Center, have expressed interest in building sister city relationships with many cities in Liberia.”

 

EVENT LOCATIONS:

 

Town Hall Meeting

Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center

5600 85th Ave.

Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

7pm to 9pm

 

Appreciation Dinner

Edinburgh USA Clubhouse

8700 Edinbrook Crossing

Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Social Hour @6pm

Dinner @7pm

 

About Kakata-Brooklyn Park Sister City Committee:

The Kakata-Brooklyn Park Sister City Committee is an initiative of Redeemed Life Church, of Mounds View, Minn. It also represents a coalition of more than 20 community groups, including the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), the Liberian Ministers Association (LMA), Liberian county and tribal organizations, and a growing number of Liberian-led social service organizations in Minnesota.

 

Media Contact:

Rev. Alexander Collins

Chairperson

Kakata–Brooklyn Park Sister City Committee

aandrcollins@comcast.net

952-212-2452

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh is author, editor and publisher, www.theliberiandialogue.org - The Liberian Dialogue 770-896-5873

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