CI VIEW: SmartCEO – Fear, Loathing, Failure and Charlottesville UPDATE

BALTIMORE/CHARLOTTESVILLE (BBN) — (Updated on September 7, 2017 to add interview National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Interim President and CEO Derrick Johnson and Charlottesville video footage and interviews) The rise and fall of Baltimore-based SmartCEO – the 15-year-old event and business magazine – is a glaring example of the contrast between the downward mobility of white flight suburbs and the resurgence of urban economies in the United States.

[National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Interim President and CEO Derrick Johnson speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass on opportunity gap following speech to National Press Club of Washington, DC. August 29, 2017]

The contrast of the fortunes of urban economies to those of the suburbs can be seen in the rise and fall of SmartCEO and its founder, former suburban Bel Air, Maryland resident Craig Burris.  In less than a year, the 50-plus year-old Burris saw his fortunes rise to circa USD 40m before crashing down to personal and corporate bankruptcy and facing the real risk of imprisonment for fraud, embezzlement and larceny

However, the rising fortunes of our urban centers has breed a level of hostility, fear and prejudice in the once affluent suburbs not seen since the Boston school busing desegregation protests of the 1970s.

The most shocking images from Charlottesville was not the violence between neo-Nazis and the radical left, but the previous night’s torchlight procession of well-dressed suburban millennial males — filmed and reported by Elle Reeve of Vice News — chanting: “You will not replace us. Jews will not replace us. Blood and soil. Whose streets? Our streets! White lives matter.”

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CI VIEW: Akon and Stanley Enow joining forces for Cameroon mega hydropower projects UPDATE

WASHINGTON/BRESCIA (CI Africa)  (Update on May 18, 2017 to add interview with GE Power CEO Steve Bolze and Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar)  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 than President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama on September 17-19, 2015.

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CI VIEW: EXIM Bank catalyst for US job growth and reform with Mnuchin/Waters duo UPDATE

WASHINGTON/WHEELING, WV (BBN) (Update on May 18, 2017 to add comments by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin) –The end of the long stalemate in Congress over the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has unintentionally served as a catalyst to convince the CEOs of Fortune 100 giants such as General Electric Corp. (NYSE:GE), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), Honeywell International, INC (NYSE:HON), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) of the strategic need to lend their considerable resources to US small-and-medium and minority-and-veteran owned businesses to expand and compete in foreign markets.

[US House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass on President Trump naming former NJ Congressman Scott Garrett as EXIM Bank at Tax March at US Capitol, April 15, 2017]

The issue of large corporates helping US small and medium-sized businesses came after EXIM Bank opponents succeeded in blocking the nomination of new EXIM board members and thus limiting the export credit agency to making export guarantees of USD 10m or less.

President Donald Trump unblocked the impasse by nominating former New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett as EXIM President and Chairman and former US House Financial Services Chairman and old-school Republican leader Spencer Bachus from Alabama as an EXIM board member. 

Meanwhile a highly unusual but effective alliance has been quietly forged between US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US House Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) to guarantee that EXIM Bank primary focus will be to serve US small-to-medium size exporters, with special attention to minority-and-veteran led businesses. 

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CI VIEW: Tunisia’s ElFouladh steel group M&A target for Tenaris, Danieli, Macegaglia, Bizerte MP UPDATE

WASHINGTON/BIZERTE (CI MENA) – (Updating on May 18 to add interview with The Abrraj Group Managing Partner Sev Vettivetpillai ) The Tunisian state-owned Societe Tunisiene de Siderugie ElFouladh steel group is a perfect takeover target for specialty steel groups such as Italian-Brazilian giant Tenaris (NYSE: TS); Milan-based Danieli (BIT:DAN); and the Mantova-based Marcegaglia Group, Tunisian Member of Parliament and the highest elected official of Bizerte Ali Belakhoua said.

[Tenaris Chairman and CEO Paolo Rocca speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. June 20, 2016]

In an interview with Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA during the IMF World Bank Spring Meetings, Belakhoua said the Bizerte-based steel plant can be transformed into a specialty oil services steel company serving the needs Tunisian-based oil operators such as oil giants such as Italy’s ENI (NYSE:E) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) and smaller players such as Woodlands, Texas-based Andarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) and Austria’s OMV Group.

Ali Belakhoua is also a member of the Natural Resources Committee of the Tunisian Parliament.

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CI VIEW: Maryland’s Rushern Baker quietly brings massive Chinese and foreign investment to Prince George’s County

National Harbor, Maryland (BBN) – (Updated on August 28, 2017 to add interview with County Executive Rushern L. Baker III at ground breaking Purple Line light railway) As President Donald Trump beats the drum for Made in America, Rushern Baker III, the elected leader of a predominantly African-American county neighboring Washington, DC is the truly unsung hero for bringing Chinese and foreign direct investment and high paying new jobs to the USA.

[Prince George’s Country Executive Rushern Baker III speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference on September 26, 2014]

While only the elected official of a province within the State of Maryland, Prince George’s County Executive Baker is feted as much as a governor of a large American  state on his numerous trade mission to mainland China.

The former military (JAG) lawyer was even seated next to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his State visit to the United States in September, 2015 with President Barack Obama.

In fact, Baker is preparing to lead a trade delegation of Prince George’s County companies to South Korea in the month of October 2017 after launching the historic Purple Line public-private partnership (P3) and success in building the USD 1.4 bn MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) casino and convention center at National Harbor in Prince George’s County’s.

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