GOP Convention: Small and mid-market CEOs eye growth as big business retreat

CLEVELAND, Ohio (SMARTCEO/BBN) – US small and mid-market CEOs attending the Republican National Convention proved that American small business owners are made of stronger stuff than politics or big business.

[Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger speaks to SmartCEO/Capitol Intelligence Group at Bipartisan Policy Center event during Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 20, 2016]

At the RNC Convention in Cleveland that nominated controversial real estate mogul Donald J. Trump, only CEOs/owners of small to medium size companies came to the convention while the CEOs of major corporations took a pass with the very notable exception of Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger.

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CI VIEW: Tunisia seeks major new US investments on Washington, DC mission, Ministers say UPDATE

TUNIS/WASHINGTON (CI MENA) Update to add interview with Tunisian Employement Minister Zied Ladhari in Tunis) – A Tunisian delegation led by Tunisian Finance Minister Slim Chaker and Investment Minister Yassine Brahim will be in Washington this week (April 11-17) seeking USD 500m-USD 1bn  in investments for  the nation’s aviation, automotive, energy and textile sections by Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), FedEx (NYSE: FDX), and Honeywell  International (NYSE: HON).

[President Barack Obama and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi Oval Office filmed by Capitol Intelligence/Tunisia’s Express FM using CI Glass (Google Glass) at Oval Office. May 21, 2015. Express FM Chef de Service Khadija Sfar operated the CI Glass during Oval Office meeting.]

Tunisia’s strategic position as a stable and developed economy compared to its neighbors makes it attractive for  major corporations in the United States, Europe and Asia that want to tap a growth market of over 350m consumers in North/West Africa (NAWA)..

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CI VIEW: EXIM Bank stalemate triggers catalyst for massive US job growth and reform

WASHINGTON (BBN) – The stalemate in Congress over the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has unintentionally served as a catalyst to convince the CEOs of large US industrial corporations and banks such as The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), Honeywell International, INC (NYSE:HON), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA); Xerox (NYSE:XRX) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) of the strategic need to lend their personal resources to US small and medium and minority-owned businesses to expand and compete in foreign markets.

[Dow Chemical Company Chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA using CI Glass at Export-Import Bank of the United States Annual Conference. Omni Hotel & Resorts. Washington, DC. April 8, 2016]

The issue of large corporates helping US small and medium-sized businesses came to a head at the EXIM Bank annual conference in Washington, DC on April 7-8 as the export credit agency is effectively in limbo as it lacks a quorum to authorize any transaction over USD 10m in U.S. dollars.
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CI VIEW: Akon and Stanley Enow joining forces for Cameroon mega hydropower projects UPDATE

WASHINGTON/BRESCIA (CI Africa) — (Update on April 13, 2016 to add interview with Cameroon Finance Minister Alamine Ousmane Mey at IMF World Bank Spring meetings)  Aliaune “Akon” Thiam and Stanley Enow   the American and West African international hip-hop stars — are now joining forces to promote major hydroelectric power projects in the strategically vital West-Central African nation of Cameroon.

[Akon interviewed by Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014.]

Akon is in DC during the Energynet Powering Africa Summit to promote the work of his personally financed Solektra Int group that currently has a USD 1bn credit line for African nations to build-out electricity capacity through solar, mini-grid and now hydroelectric power plants.

Separately, Cameroonian hip hop artist and Motherland Empire co-founder Stanley Enow traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCFALC) and its Phoenix Awards Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama on September 17-19, 2015.

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CI VIEW: Industrial Bank ‘too small to survive, looking at M&A options,’ President and CEO says Update: Citigroup CEO Corbat

(Updated on January 17, 2016 to include comments for Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio)

WASHINGTON/BRETTON WOODS, NH (BBN) – Industrial Bank, the privately-held DC minority owned bank, is seeking M&A options as it is no longer able to operate as an independent bank due to significantly increased regulatory costs stemming from Dodd-Frank, Industrial Bank President and CEO B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr. said.

[Industrial Bank CEO B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr speaks to BBN using CI Glass at US House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations  Dec. 3, 2013] Continue reading

CI VIEW: Kirkuk provides road map to post-ISIS Iraq and regional peace, Kirkuk Governor

KIRKUK/MILAN (CI MENA)   — Kirkuk Governor Dr. Najmaldin O. Karim, MD is providing a road map for a stable and prosperous Iraq without the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with his no-nonsense management of the recently liberated oil rich territory next to the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) based in Erbil.

[Kirkuk Province Governor Dr. Najmaldin O. Karim, MD speaks with Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA using CI Glass in his office in Kirkuk Governorate, Kirkuk, Iraq. December 6, 2015]

In an interview with Capitol Intelligence at his office in the Kirkuk Governorate on December 6, 2015, the US trained neurosurgeon said he has been successful in uniting the diverse ethnic group of Kurds, Sunni Arabs, and Turkmen following the liberation of the area by Kurdish Peshmerga forces by delivering services ranging from trash pickup to supplying reliable electricity.

Kirkuk’s Dr. Karim can-do management style, combined with private sector leadership from Europe’s leading banker, Unicredit CEO Federico Ghizzoni, can quickly transform northern Iraq from a geopolitical quagmire to an regional economic power.

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CI VIEW: Cote D’Ivoire seeks to further diversify dependence on cocoa; PM and Trade Minister say UPDATE

 

WASHINGTON/MILAN (CI Africa) – (Update to add interview with Ferrero Chairman Amb. Francesco Paolo Fulci on October 12, 2015) Cote D’Ivoire, the Western African nation, is seeking to build on its success of diversifying its economy from cocoa production and dependence on major chocolate producers, Cote D’Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Trade and SME Minister Jean-Louis Billon.

[Cote’d Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Trade and SME Minister Jean Louis Billon interviewed by Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in DC, August 7, 2014]

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CI VIEW: VICE Media’s Shane Smith and Nessma’s Ben Ammar lead way in news media Renaissance Update

 WASHINGTON/TUNIS (CI MENA) – (Updated September 16, 2015 to add interview with US Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation ALC) – VICE Media LLC founder and CEO Shane Smith and Nessma owner Tarak Ben Ammar are quietly leading the way in bringing a veritable Renaissance to the often maligned news media industry.

[VICE Media founder and CEO Shane Smith speaking to Capitol Intelligence using Google Glass at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum. Washington, DC. Oct. 29, 2014.]

The tattooed journalist from Quebec has in a few short years transformed the Brooklyn-based VICE Media group into a USD 2.5bn plus company, with important minority shareholders such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) jointly owned A&E. Continue reading

CI VIEW: Baltimore’s small business leading way for post-riot economic Renaissance

BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BBN) – Small business leaders have already started to take the lead to transform Baltimore into the new economic hub of the Eastern United States after rioting forced Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to call up the National Guard and a near week long curfew.

[Siemens AG chief executive Joe Kaeser speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at Export-Import Bank Annual Conference in Washington, DC. April 23, 2015]

The recent images of a rioting, National Guard soldiers carrying M-16 machines guns through the city’s financial and tourism district have so distorted the reality of Baltimore that small business leaders took it onto themselves to get out the message that Baltimore is an already successful city destined for greatness as a financial, logistics, healthcare, energy and IT hub.

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CI View: Al-Naseem IPO plans could be key to Libya crisis, chairman says

TRIPOLI/WASHINGTON (CI MENA) — Al-Naseem for Food Industries, the Misurata, Libya-based privately held dairy group, is open to listing a minority stake on the Bourse de Tunis (Tunis Stock Exchange) to fund growth, company chairman Mohamed Raied said.

[Al-Naseem for Food Industries Chairman Mohamed Raied speaks with Capitol Intelligence/MENA using CI Glass at Al Waddan Hotel in Tripoli, Libya on March 3, 2015]

In an interview at the Al Waddan hotel Tripoli on March 3 2015, Raied said that he can consider floating a minority stake in the company to allow the group to expand its current operations and enter into new business segments such as fresh milk production and animal feed.

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CI VIEW: Odessa – Criminal money seen behind deadly riot and other separatist action, sources

 

ODESSA (CI Ukraine) – Criminal money, or business with interest in organized crime, is now seen as a driving  force behind the riots and deaths in Odessa and elsewhere, Ukrainian and Western sources said.

[Capitol Intelligence films the Odessa riot and massacre as sole foreign journalist with CI Glass on May 2, 2014]

Today (May 2, 2014) in Odessa, a planned soccer match between the Kharkiv’s Metalist football team in eastern Ukraine and Odessa’s Chornomorets shattered the southern port city renowned for its multi-ethnic peace between Ukrainians, Russian ethnics and Jews, leading to more than 40 dead and hundreds injured.

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CI VIEW: Google’s Schmidt making & possibly unmaking the Arab Spring UPDATE

 

WASHINGTON/TRIPOLI (CI MENA) (Updating on April 9, 2016 to add interview with father of internet Vinton Cerf) – It was surprising to see Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt casually walking between market booths through the winding streets of old town Tripoli with a small entourage of staff and two low-key PSDs (personal security detail).

[Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks to Capitol Intelligence using Google Glass at New America Foundation in Washington, DC on May 22, 2014]

Mr. Schmidt was equally surprised to bump into a DC-based American financial reporter wearing an Italian suit and tie also strolling through the Kasbah on a late sunny January, 2012 afternoon fresh from a meeting with the Libyan Central Bank. Continue reading