How do you Build a Country and Stay Green? [08/09/2009]

Studio Guests:

  • Emile Horace Hoffman, President/COO, LiberEarth
  • H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Ambassador of Granada & to the OAS (Ret.) & YABT Board of Directors
  • Selina Gennehma Horace, Founder, LiberEarth Founder

Segment 1

Emile Horace Hoffman, President/COO, LiberEarth
Emile Horace Hoffman, President/COO, LiberEarth
Segment 2

H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Ambassador of Granada & to the OAS (Ret.) & YABT Board of Directors
H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Ambassador of Granada & to the OAS (Ret.) & YABT Board of Directors
Segment 3

Selina Gennehma Horace, Founder, LiberEarth Founder
Selina Gennehma Horace, Founder, LiberEarth Founder
Segment 4

Panel Discussion among H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Selina Gennehma Horace, and Emile Horace. Hoffman, with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV
Panel Discussion among H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Selina Gennehma Horace, and Emile Horace. Hoffman, with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV

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This program features:

  • Segment 1: Emile Horace Hoffman, President/COO, LiberEarth
  • Segment 2: H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Ambassador of Granada & to the OAS (Ret.) & YABT Board of Directors
  • Segment 3: Selina Gennehma Horace, Founder, LiberEarth Founder
  • Segment 4: Panel Discussion among H.E. Dr. Denis G. Antoine, Selina Gennehma Horace, and Emile Horace. Hoffman, with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV.

LiberEarth

LiberEarth is led by Emile Horace Hoffman, president and COO, and Selina Gennehma Horace, CEO, with dual headquarters in Washington DC, USA and Buchanan, Grand Bassa, Liberia. The focus of LiberEarth is to bring clean and abundant drinking water, ice, and water-related beverages to the citizens of Buchanan and Grand Bassa. Other related projects will focus on renewable energy, sustainable nutrition, and sanitation.

Buchanan is the third largest city in Liberia and the capital city of the Grand Bassa county. Buchanan was a major economic center before; however, companies and industries that supported the city’s economy fell into decline. A dormant railway connecting to Nimba used to take ore from the iron mines that are shipped out of the country. Rubber and palm oil was also exported from Buchanan. Much of Buchanan’s economy is from foreign companies that invested in the products that the city was able to offer.

Buchanan and Liberia as a whole is now slowly recovering after the civil war. Foreign investments are coming back into the city, and the stabilization of the government is bringing about improvements for the city and the nation Grand Bassa County is one of the 15 counties in Liberia. It comprises of 8 districts. It is the fifth most populous county with a population of 225,000 citizens and growing. The port of Buchanan and the railway to the iron mines were the economic agents of the county, but were destroyed during the civil war. In 2005, it was reconstructed by LAMCO, but was taken over by Arcelor-Mittal.

Young Americas Business Trust (YABT)

Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), is a nonprofit organization created in 1999, which works in cooperation with General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote social and economic development of young people around the world. YABT is an organization of young people for young people.

YABT advances the goals of the OAS and the Summits of the Americas Secretariat by promoting and implementing entrepreneurship programs in the Americas and elsewhere as a mean to fight poverty and create job opportunities for young people. At the same time, YABT provides a regional platform for exchanging best business practices and cooperation among young people in the Americas. Its strategy is focused on four areas of work:

Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. That meeting approved the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, and the stage was set for the weaving of a web of provisions and institutions that came to be known as the inter-American system, the oldest international institutional system.

The OAS came into being in 1948 with the signing in Bogotá, Colombia, of the Charter of the OAS, which entered into force in December 1951. It was subsequently amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires, signed in 1967, which entered into force in February 1970; by the Protocol of Cartagena de Indias, signed in 1985, which entered into force in November 1988; by the Protocol of Managua, signed in 1993, which entered into force in January 1996; and by the Protocol of Washington, signed in 1992, which entered into force in September 1997.

The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states—as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter—”an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 67 states, as well as to the European Union (EU).

Embassy of Granada

The Embassy of Grenada in Washington, D.C. is the diplomatic mission which represents Grenada in the United States of America, protecting the interests of Grenada and its nationals. The Embassy negotiates with the Government of the USA and promotes friendly relations between Grenada and the United States, developing their economic, cultural and scientific relations.

The Embassy has two other major roles:  it is the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the Organization of American States (OAS) and it provides Consular Services. The Embassy functions within the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Missions, adopted under the United Nations on April 18, 1961; entered into force on April 24, 1964.

The Embassy of Grenada in Washington, D.C. in addition to its bilateral responsibilities with the United States of America, also has a major multilateral role, representing Grenada’s interests at the Organization of American States (OAS). Grenada is one of the 35 Member States of the OAS, having joined on May 15, 1975, signing and ratifying the OAS Charter.  This is the forum where Government representatives from the Western Hemisphere or “the Americas” come together to strengthen their relationships, forge agreements on cooperation in a broad range of areas, principally democracy, security, human rights, and development.

Grenada has held several leadership positions within the OAS over the years. Currently, Grenada is Vice-President of the Management Board of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (AICD) and President of the OAS Retirement and Pension Fund Committee.  The Ambassador is the Permanent Representative of Grenada to the Organization, and was elected in her person to both of these positions.   Also, from January to March 2010, Grenada serves as Vice-Chair of the OAS Permanent Council, a position which rotates automatically every 3 months among the Member States in alphabetical order.


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