First African diamontaire reaches out to Black business


300,000 more African-Americans have construction jobs and more than 900,000 Black self-employed received more than $16 billion because of the data in the annual State of Black Business reports.  Capitalizing Our Heritage: State of Black Business, 20th edition follows up on the mandate of the first AfriCaribbean Trade Summit last August in Barbados and our year of engagement with the Southern Regional Economic Roundtable to connect the talent and markets of the United States with the commodities and sovereignty of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and the Caribbean Single Market Economy.   None of us can flourish unless we collaborate with our own culturally responsive data generated by us for our own benefit.


Dr. M’zee Fula Ngenge, Chair of the African Diamond Council, a 16 nation consortium that produces $8.5 billion yearly, is the featured speaker for the release of Capitalizing Our Heritage: State of Black Business, 20th edition, Monday, May 15 from Washington, DC.
‘African-Americans are absent in the diamond mining sector and since USA is the number one consuming nation of African diamonds, much needs to be said and done,” notes the first African diamontaire. “African-Americans are entitled to play a more integral role in the development, production and sale of precious mineral resources.”
A patron of sport and art, Ngenge will also discuss his role leading the African Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival beginning May 16.
In 1986, Ngenge was recognized as the first diamontaire of African Descent after introducing Ideal and Super Cut Ideal diamonds to the global marketplace.