Mr. Kouassi (second raw, right) and his wife(purple dress) receiving the Warrior Peace Award from the City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and Mrs. Sanchez, for the great job accomplished in enhancing the African community’s well being, and its immersion in the social and economic development of Philadelphia

Consortium for the Emerging Africa (CFA) 

CFA aims to mobilize and enhance the human and financial capital contributions of primarily African Francophone Diaspora and other stakeholders to the economic development of their home countries.  CFA will focus on strengthening Francophone groups and organizations and individual professionals through a consortium,  of the revolves around four economic development pillars including:

  • Policy: Working with partner countries to encourage policies that will ease and insure the engagement of the African Francophone their Diaspora in economic and social development activities. Moreover,  reinforce the network and dissemination of information among Francophone communities and professionals in the U.S.
  • Financial and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural Settings: Working with African Francophone Diaspora and other stakeholders to promote investments and remittances in ways that would be beneficial to all actors. Palms Solutions will also closely work with communities based organizations (CBO), Non-Governmental(NGOs) and grassroots organizations, throughout a number of African Francophone countries. It aims to identify sustainable livelihoods best practices, and design models of economic development scalable, replicable and tailored to the needs of the given rural group.
  • Human capital and Professional Diaspora Database: Working with partner countries, Diaspora professional networks and hometown associations, to increase knowledge sharing and brain gain between the Diaspora and their home countries. to undertake human capital development projects for higher education, health, women empowerment, business investment, through community driven development approaches. Moreover, Palms Solutions looks is compiling an African Francophone Diaspora database including country, gender, social status, and fields of interest for research. The system will automatically match the needs of developing countries and the expertise of the Diaspora.The integrated database will provide:Tangible and credible data about the Francophone Immigrants in the U.S; Stronger and sustainable partnerships between the stakeholders; Economic opportunities to African businesses through increased awareness and contracts in the U.S; A platform for networks and exchanges of knowledge.
  • Diplomacy and Trust: Bridging the African Francophone Diaspora, and other stakeholders with their home countries, facilitate the creation of an overseer consortium foray activity involving the Diaspora investments
  • Our means of action  

– The radio
– Social media
– The newspapers
– Seminars and workshops

 Below are some of the initiatives already undertook by Palms Solutions 

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Mrs. Ban Kim Moon and Mr. Kouassi at the African First ladies meeting

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Mr. Cambridge, Head of the Diaspora Relations (African Region ) and Mr. Kouassi at the World Bank

 

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Mrs. Sheeran, Executive Director (World Food Program); Mrs. Kouassi (Palms Solutions), presenting at the African First Ladies Summit in Ethiopia

 

Mr. Kouassi conversing with the President of Malawi and former President of the African Union, January 2011

Mr. Kouassi conversing with his excellence Mr. Mutharika, President of Malawi and former President of the African Uni

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Mr. Kouassi and Mayor Nutter, Mayor of the city of Philadelphia during the city Multicultural outing

Ambassador Meryl Frank, Deputy U.S. Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women, Mr. Kouassi, Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, President of Women Campaign International

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Women's Empowerment/Capacity Building

Mrs. Cherie Blair( Spouse of the former British Prime minister Tony Blair) and mr. Kouassi, at the Women Campaign International gala in New York

Mr. Kouassi and Mrs. Joao, Advisor of the First Lady of Mozambique

Mr. Kouassi and Mrs. Joao, Advisor of the First Lady of Mozambique

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Mr. J. jACKSON and Mr. Kouassi at the Panafrican summit in New York

Mr. Kouassi and Mrs. Abani, President of the U.N Ambassadors wives

Mr. Kouassi and Mrs. Abani, President of the U.N Ambassadors wives to discuss tools to enhance the impact of the ambassadors wives in their home countries

Mr. Kouassi and H.E. Seydou Bouda, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso in the USA

Mr. Kouassi and H.E. Seydou Bouda, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso in the USA

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Mr. Moulay Lahcen ENNAHLI, Representative of the Bank of Africa in Mali and Mr. Kouassi, after a meeting concerning the impact of the African Francophone diaspora in the U.S

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Mr. Kouassi and the Honorable State Rep. Congressman James Roebuck, D-Phila during PAN-AFRICAN soccer tournament 2014

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Mr. Kouassi and Mrs. Mutharika, former First Lady of Malawi.