President John Kufuor and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz joined 300 delegates, including Rosa Whitaker, former Assistant US Trade Representative for Africa, and high-profile members of the United States Congress at an exclusive premiere screening of the documentary GHANA: THE PRESIDENTIAL TOUR at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland on Wednesday, October 26, 2005. The successful event, organized by The Discovery Communications and The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa to boost American tourism in Ghana, was followed by a cocktail reception at Discovery Communications' Global Headquarters. Delegates that attended the Silver Spring premiere include:
GHANA John Kufuor, President, Republic of Ghana, Accra Theresa Kufuor, First Lady, Republic of Ghana, Accra Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade & Industry Nana Akuffo Addo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Accra Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Minister of Toursim, Accra Frederick Anim, Ministry of Tourism, Accra Barbara Annang, Ministry of Tourism, Accra Jeff Hagan, Director of Research, Ministry of Tourism, Accra Paul Acquah, Governor, Bank of Ghana, Accra Gloria Eshun, Marketing Manager, Novotel Hotel, Accra Dorothy Saah, Managing Director, Eaststar Travel & Tour, Accra Nana Annin-Bonsi, President, Starline Travel & Tour Ltd, Accra UNITED STATES Paul Wolfowitz, President, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC Leonard Robinson, Jr. President and CEO, The Africa Society, Washington, DC Rosa Whitaker, President & CEO, The Whitaker Group, Washington, DC Forrest Sawyer, Discovery Communications, Washington, DC Fritz Poku, Ghana's Ambassador the United States Alexander Kyei, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC Yaw Owusu, Founder, Ghana Cyber Group, Inc., Washington, DC Nyaneba Nkrumah, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC Martin Yeboah, President, Africa Business Network, Washington, DC Yaw Boakye Ofori-Atta, President, Zadokes Tours, Washington, DC Martina Forgwe, Africare Corporation, Washington, DC Derrick Prempeh, Chevy Chase Bank, Washington, DC Leah Drake Stith, ABS Corporation, Norfolk, Virginia Joseph Walker, Chief Executive, Jewalk Company Ltd, Alexandria, VA A premiere of GHANA: THE PRESIDENTIAL TOUR was also held on October 26 in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oakland, New York and Seattle. In the film, journalist Forrest Sawyer accompanies the president as he showcases the country's stock market, business district, people, culture and wildlife in Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Sunyani, Paga and other parts of the nation.
Millions of potential viewers can see the film on November 8th when it's shown on the popular American television outlet, the Discovery Travel Channel.
President Kufuor held a round-table discussion with U.S. business leaders at the United States Chamber of Commerce, and received an Award from the Executive Leadership Council at the J.W. Marriot Wardman Hotel. Mr. Kufuor is the first African president to be hosted and recognized by the group.
The World Bank recently named Ghana as one of the best places in Africa to do business. U.S. companies already taking advantage of the country's investor-friendly economic climate include ACS, Coca-Cola, Chevron, IBM, Pfizer and Ralston-Purina.