09 September 2017

VFOM to host Cultural Night at Africa Business Conference

Virginia Friends of Mali is organizing the Friday night dinner + concert + dancing for the 200 attendees of the Africa Business Conference .

Featuring the music of

Papa Susso (kora)

Video from 2012 performance at Creighton University
Video from concert in Medallin Colombia, Suso with an Afro Columbian poet


Balla Kouyate (balafon)

Balla Kouyate - Homegrown Museum series, DC, Folklife Festival.


About the Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University will host the eighth annual Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa, which will bring together academic researchers, business professionals and government officials from around the world.

The conference, “The Big Emerging Continent: The Rise of Africa – Challenges and Opportunities,” is sponsored by the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society and the Center for International Business Advancement in the VCU School of Business. It will be held Oct. 4-7.

Through paper presentations, panel discussions and keynote addresses, the conference will seek to understand the pivotal role of entrepreneurship in Africa’s economic and social development. Participants from an array of disciplines and backgrounds will present their insights and offer diverse perspectives on Africa’s place in the world and promise in the market. Read more...

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NOTE: For a full list of conference events and to register, visit www.africabusiness.org. Roughly one-third of the sessions have food and require registration, though sessions without food are free of charge to VCU students, alumni and the community.

06 September 2017

Leadership updates: RSCC and ABERS

Dr Patricia Cummins and Mr Marcus Squires have new responsabilities


The Richmond Sister Cities Commission has a new Chairman: Mr Marcus Squires has taken over from Dr Patricia Cummins, whose term of service on the RSCC (two consecutive terms of three years) has come to an end. Welcome! and our Congratulations to Marcus!



Cummins, right, with Gov. McAuliffe accepting gift from
Segou's Mayor Ousmane Simaga, 10 October 2016.


Dr Cummins was elected at the end of the recent Africa Business Conference, to be the new President of ABERS, the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Society – an academic organization that was the main sponsor of the recent VCU Africa Business Conference. Congratulations to Patricia!

04 September 2017

MAJOR MALIAN DELEGATION to visit the African Business Conference at VCU

At the end of September the RICHMOND SISTER CITY COMMISSION and Virginia Friends of Mali will receive an important delegation from Ségou, led by Governor of Ségou, Mr Georges TOGO; the mayor of Ségou, Mr Nouhoum DIARRA; and the Rector of the University of Ségou, Dr Souleymane KOUYATÉ. Our VFoM Mali representatives will also be present: Madani SISSOKO in Ségou, and Kalifa TOURÉ in Bamako.

They will attend the VFoM annual meeting (dinner + dancing) on the Friday, 6th October. It will be attended by the Chargé d’Affaires in Washington, His Excellency Mr Mohammed Al Moustapha Cissé.

We also are excited to anticipate the visit of Mr Issa Sangaré, the dynamic new President of Malian Association (AMAW) in Washington, who was elected May 21st 2017.