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Liberia Ambassador to US Seeks Partnership for Higher Education

first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, is seeking partnership with two US higher institutions of learning — Louisiana State University and Georgia Gwinnett College. Amb. Sulunteh is opting for the partnership so that it would afford young Liberians the opportunity to “drink of the great fountain of knowledge” at those higher institutions of learning in the US. “We will welcome the opportunity to further discuss such a partnership,” he told administrators of both institutions when he addressed their commencement convocations separately on May 14 and 15, respectively.Speaking at the graduation exercises of Georgia College on May 14, the Liberian Ambassador saluted Liberia Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who had gone to attend the ceremony because his daughter, Ms. Michelle Samukai, was among the graduates. Ms. Samukai was an intern with the Liberian Embassy in Washington D.C. last summer. Amb. Sulunteh told both audiences that about 62 percent of the Liberia’s population comprise of youth, between the ages 15 to 35. “Majority of this group lacks basic skills and education. Liberia’s health care system needs a transformation for any future challenges, and its infrastructural development is in dire need. Consequently, Education, health and infrastructure are three top priorities for the government in its agenda for transformation,” he stated. While celebrating the successes of the graduates at both Louisiana State University and Georgia Gwinnett College, he told them, “As we join you today in celebrating the achievements of these students, our hearts are aching that many Liberian youths would wish that someday somehow, they too could have such opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for service to their villages, communities and the larger Liberian society.”He reminded his audiences that Liberia, which is a tiny West African nation, needs each of the graduates now more than ever before in its post-Ebola recovery effort. Adding, “Liberia’s post-Ebola challenges are the government’s top priorities.” The Liberian diplomat used the occasions to extend on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia immense thanks and appreciation to the people of the United States and the international community for the tremendous support to the fight of the deadly Ebola virus disease that attacked the West Africa Region, specifically, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. “The outbreak of this deadly disease in March 2014, and the robust response of the world is an example of this extraordinarily new global realization of which I speak.” He specifically told everyone at the Louisiana State University graduation that Liberia has a historical relationship with the State of Louisiana. “The State of Louisiana is a place of historic importance to the continent of Africa. Our forefathers tell us that between 1718 and 1750 slave traders transported thousands of captive Africans to Louisiana from the coast of Senegal in West Africa. By 1840, New Orleans had the biggest slave market in the United States, which contributed greatly to the economy. Today, New Orleans has become one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.”“History also tells us that the first 10 presidents of Liberia were African Americans. Since then, majority of succeeding Liberian presidents have been African Americans or descendants of African Americans. Many of these returnees were educated in American schools. These returnees carried with them American traditions and cultures that impact our life styles today in Liberia. Many streets and cities in Liberia are named for cities in the United States, including the city of “Louisiana,” a settlement named for your beautiful state, Louisiana.”The Liberian Ambassador spoke to the Louisiana State University’s graduation on the theme: “Preparing Global Citizens and Celebrating Diversity.” At the Georgia Gwinnett College, he used the topic: “Impacting A Global Society.”He reminded both graduates that their faculties were certificating and sending them out to become “ambassadors,” who will impact their world. “As you leave these walls today, you have been given the requisite tools, the knowledge and skills that are not only necessary, but sufficient to positively impact the world. Whichever continent you will go, make the best representation of your Alma Mater and America’s dream to make the world a better place for all mankind.”He further told the graduates that their years of study at both institutions have prepared them to become global citizens that are well equipped to serve in a global village with diverse challenges. “Your commencement convocation today is an endorsement that you are smart, you are spirited and that you are prepared to always seek solutions to the challenges of our one world.”“The United States is not the world, and as you graduate here in the United States, allow the world to experience the greatness of an American education. Unfortunately, your participation is no longer optional, it has become imperative.”“Your challenge as you leave these walls is to determine what your impact as an individual and as a collective group of university graduates will have on your world.Indeed, the World is yours and you must own it with all of its challenging difficulties; including the pressing and insurmountable needs of humanity; and the uncompromising and demanding voice of social justice that refuses to be quieted by traditional means.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Etihad Airways marks growth in India with record passenger figures

first_imgEtihad Airways marks growth in India with record passenger figuresEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a 63 per cent increase in full-year passenger traffic with partner Jet Airways to and from India reinforcing the strength of the equity tie-up and the airline’s commitment to one of world’s largest travel markets.Together, the airlines carried a record 3.3 million passengers between Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub and India in 2015, representing a sharp rise on the 2 million flown during the previous 12 months.Etihad Airways became the first foreign airline to invest in an Indian carrier under the current Indian Foreign Direct Investment Rules when it invested USD 750 million in Jet Airways for a 24 per cent equity stake in 2013. Etihad Airways today operates 175 flights each week to and from 11 Indian gateway cities. The combined networks of Etihad Airways and Jet Airways offer over 250 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and 15 cities across India.Together, both carriers are the market leader in terms of travel between India and the UAE. In terms of the overall international market, they fly between them approximately 20 per cent of all worldwide travellers to and from India representing a large share of the country’s booming air travel industry.In addition, Etihad Airways Cargo operates 14 weekly freighters to four cities in India and flies around 120,000 tons of cargo each year in and out of the country – representing around nine per cent of the total international market.The figures underscore the importance Etihad Airways places to the Indian market – one of the airline’s largest sources of business – to its close partnership with Jet Airways, and reaffirm the strong ties between the UAE and India.It is the growing bilateral relationship enjoyed between the two nations that was the focus of joint government discussions in Mumbai and Delhi last week which resulted in a raft of new agreements across various sectors to further boost strategic ties and economic trade.Trade between the two countries is estimated to grow by more than 60 per cent in the next five years from the current level of around US$60 billion, with investments and imports/exports in a variety of sectors, including energy, defence, manufacturing, aerospace, health, education, tourism, science and technology. The UAE is the 10thbiggest foreign – and largest Arab – investor in India.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Bilateral relations between the UAE and India continue to grow based on years of friendship and deep commitment to strengthen economic, cultural and trade ties.“With Etihad Airways and Jet Airways together offering over 44,000 seats each week between Abu Dhabi and India, we are clearly are a key contributor to India’s dynamic economy. There is further room to grow and we are looking at the many opportunities that exist to develop our operations.“Our investment in Jet Airways was aimed at being part of the Indian success story. Before the Jet deal, Etihad Airways carried only two per cent of the international traffic to and from India. We have helped bring Jet Airways back to profitability. Today, Jet Airways is our number one equity partner for revenue and passenger contribution on Etihad Airways, and India is Abu Dhabi’s number one source market for international visitors.”Etihad Airways’ hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport serves as a primary connector of air travel between India and rest of the world, offering consumers ease of transfer and more travel options through multiple frequencies from across India to Abu Dhabi and beyond.” Fly Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more