1997 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representatives Evans, Williams, Dickson, Banks, Young, Robinson (63rd), Wallace

House Resolution 19

(As Adopted by House)


WHEREAS, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko, was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on the continent of Africa, on June 22, 1936; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko is the founder and President of the World Africa Chamber of Commerce (WACC), a nonprofit trade association that promotes strong economic development of Africa and interregnal trade within Africa; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko is also founder of Africans in the Americas, Africans in the Americas Political Action Group, Founder and Chairman of the International Association of Africans Abroad, the Founder of Africans in Europe, and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chem Care Industrial Cleaning Products; and

WHEREAS, as President of the World Africa Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko signed the Agreements of Joint Cooperation with the African nations of Gabon, Mali, Senegal, Uganda and almost 36 other African countries, and also signed agreements with chambers of commerce in these and other African nations; and

WHEREAS, World Africa Chamber of Commerce is affiliated with the Federation of African Chambers of Commerce which Dr. Nana Ohene Darko helped to organize in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, through the Organization of African Unity, which represents all African nations; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko also spear-headed World African Chamber of Commerce's status as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, on which Dr. Nana Ohene Darko serves as chairman of the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization for Africa; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko has enlisted the support of major multinational corporations such as General Motors, Peat Marwick, AT&T, Dresser Industries and many other companies for the WACC Corporate Advisory Board which he created; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko's long-standing commitment to building strong educational linkages for African universities has resulted in a formal agreement with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for research and development, technology transfer and student and professor exchanges among 117 Historically Black Colleges and Universities that NAFEO represents; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Nana Ohene Darko was selected by presidents and chancellors of Historical Black Universities and Colleges to head the HBCU/MI Consortium for National and International programs, and also the Pan African World Youth Games:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend Dr. Nana Ohene Darko, President of the World Africa Chamber of Commerce for his dedicated service and tireless work in the international politics arena.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Dr. Nana Ohene Darko and the members of the Capitol Press Corps.