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CPS New York Symposium at Columbia University, March 13th, 2010.

Columbia University was host to the CPS Symposium under the theme “Transforming the Cameroon Economy in the 21st Century.” This unique event featured renowned investment lawyers, World Bank economists and development economists who spent three hours analyzing the economic situation in Cameroon, proposing concrete strategies of jump-starting the economy and moving it towards an emerging market. Filled with suggestions of their own, the Cameroonian and African community in the Greater New York area peppered the panelists with numerous questions.

Speakers included Dr.

Emmanuel Mbi from the World Bank, Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq.

sociology

from Hoja Law firm and Mr. Emmanuel Bong from the Economics Department at Morgan State University. The symposium was moderated by CPS President, Denis A. Foretia, M.D. A follow-up event is being planned

Video Highlights

Speaker Biographies

Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq

Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq. founded and acts as managing partner of Hoja Law Group, a boutique law firm in New York and London which represents government ministries, political campaigns, start ups, non-profits and small and medium size businesses in areas of political, corporate and intellectual property law. Hoja Law Group’s client base is located in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Additionally, Hoja Law Group is specialized in assisting investors doing business in and/or investing in Africa. Jacqueline began her career at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she practiced in the area of corporate law. She is a

2008 Empire State Counsel, which is an award awarded to attorneys that provide considerable time and effort to pro bono legal services.

Jacqueline is the founder of Transitional Trade, a non-profit whose mission it is to promote social trade, investment and entrepreneurship in post-conflict countries and transitional communities. She has participated in the rebranding of several countries, advising African companies as well as mentoring many African entrepreneurs. Additionally, in the promotion of investment and good economic and corporate governance in Africa, Jacqueline is a Senior Associate with the African European Affairs Consulting group which advises clients investing and doing business in Africa. Lastly, Jacqueline has

been an Adjunct Professor of International Law at Central Michigan University, Sociopolitics and Economics of Africa at Drexel University and Business Law at Briarcliffe College.

Jacqueline attended Davidson College where she received a BA in Political Science and International Studies. She earned a Graduate Diploma

in Legal Practice from the Australian National University

and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne where she was a member of the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Lastly, Jacqueline has attended The Hague Academy of International Law. She is

licensed to practice law in New York and Australia and she speaks several African languages, French and Spanish.

Emmanuel Mbi, PhD

Emmanuel E. Mbi, is the World Bank’s Director of Strategy and Operations for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA–24 countries). He previously (2004-2009) held the position of Director of the Bank’s Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti Country Department, based in

Cairo. From 1998-2004, he was Director of the South Central Africa and Great Lakes Department covering the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Cameroon companies . Prior to that he held several senior positions in the World Bank working across several regions (South Asia – India, Sri Lanka; Latin America and the Caribbean — Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, The Bahamas, Honduras; East and West Africa; MENA) on macro, sectoral and project/program issues. He has served as Resident Representative of the World Bank in Togo and Benin from 1986-1990. He joined the World Bank in January 1981 as a Young Professional. He is a national of Cameroon.

Samuel Bong, BA

Samuel Bong Ngambo was born on February 10, 1981 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Originally from the Littoral Province, Samuel completed his high school education at the Lycee Bilingue de Yaounde in Lettres modèrnes Françaises. After high school, Samuel attended the University of Yaoundé I. In 2003, Samuel moved to the United States where, at Capital University in Columbus Ohio, he completed a double Bachelors in Economics and International Studies, with a minor in Political science. In 2008, Samuel started a Masters Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, studying International Development, with a concentration in Economic Development and Public Health. He is expected to graduate in May 2010, and will start his PhD program this fall.

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