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Ambassador Andrew Young will be awarded
a lifetime achievement award at the Corporate Council
on Africa's seventh biennial U.S.-Africa Business
Summit, to be held in Washington September 29 to October 1.
of human rights and humanitarian issues as well
as dedicated to promoting economic prosperity
said Stephen Hayes, president and
chief executive of the Corporate Council on Africa,
in a September 3 statement announcing the award.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to honor
the commitment he has shown to Africa
throughout his career."
Established in 1993, the Corporate Council
on Africa (CCA) works to strengthen and
facilitate commercial relationships between
the United States and the African continent.
CCA works closely with governments,
multilateral groups and businesses
to improve the African continent's trade
and investment climate, and to raise
the profile of Africa in the U.S. business community.
to Martin Luther King Jr. during the American
civil rights movement.
He was elected to the U.S. House
of Representatives in 1972, becoming
the first African American since Reconstruction
to be voted into Congress from Georgia.
In 1977, appointed by President Jimmy Carter,
Young became the first African American
to serve as the U.S. permanent representative
to the United Nations, popularly known
as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Beginning in 1981 he served two terms
as mayor of Atlanta, bringing in billions of dollars
in new private investment.
In 1996, he also served as co-chairman of
the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
Young was appointed by President Bill Clinton
in 1994 to serve as chairman of the $100 million
Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund,
whose objective is to stimulate the creation
and expansion of small and medium-sized
indigenous businesses throughout southern Africa.
The fund was also founded on the initiative
of then-South African President Nelson Mandela.
In his role as fund chairman, Young helped establish
the Eerste River Medical Centre in Cape Town,
alleviating demand on overcrowded hospitals.
a for-profit consulting firm built on the belief that
the private sector can promote initiatives
that support education, social advancement,
economic development and capacity building
in Africa and the Caribbean.
He travels often to Africa, fostering partnerships
that benefit the communities in which they operate.
In 2008, the GoodWorks Foundation partnered
with the Wanawake na Maendeleo Foundation
to award educational scholarships in Tanzania.
ALSO AN AWARD-WINNING
In June 2009, Young won three Emmy awards
for Andrew Young Presents, a series of
documentaries that appeared in the United States
and in Central and Eastern Africa as well.
One of the Emmy awards was for
"Walking With Guns," which focused on
The documentary also told the inspiring story
of Wheelchair Charities, a New York organization
that helps thousands of paraplegic and
many of them gunshot victims.
Rwanda Rising, which showcased modern-day
Rwanda on the global stage.
Young's commitment to education and global service
is evident at Georgia State University's
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies,
which was created to carry on the legacy
of Young's ideals through programs
he believes will "level the playing field"
for the world's poor.
The scholars and researchers at the school
operate on the principle that the key
to ending poverty is building strong
They, like Young, who occasionally teaches
at the school, work to bring economic well-being
to developing nations in Africa.
around the globe, as well as at home, in the areas
of health care, environment, taxation, aging,
education, child care and diversity.
Programs at the school include the Mandela
Scholars program, a planned student exchange
program between the Andrew Young School
and the University of Pretoria in South Africa,
and an ongoing program on taxation in Russia.
Responding to the CCA announcement,
Young said, "I am most appreciative to the
Corporate Council on Africa for this award.
Since 1993 GoodWorks International
and the Council have partnered to promote
development, investment and trade
on the African continent.
I am looking forward to continuing
to work with CCA in this effort."
CCA will also present a business leadership
award and business excellence awards
in agribusiness, infrastructure,
financing and natural resources.
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