Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
An American investor and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Green Development Group, Ms. Mary Flowers has committed efforts into finding practical solutions to imminent poverty in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
Flowers, who is the guest speaker at the 2016 edition of World Mayors conference, scheduled to hold between May 23 and 27 in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, is billed to speak on the topic ‘Poverty Reduction through Biofuel Production’ and ‘Attracting Foreign Investors & Achieving Investment’.
The Executive Board member of the District Export Council of Southern California is serving her fourth four-year term as a member of the United States District Export Council as a member appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Flowers is the Chair for the African Global Economic & Development Summit that is held in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, which has a major focus on empowering rural dwellers, and has invested quality time, energy, and genuine commitment to work with Africa.
She has prepared a blueprint on the development of housing infrastructure, workforce development, economic and the overall infrastructure development throughout the continent.
Nigeria is set to play host to the 2016 edition of World Mayors Conference scheduled to hold during the above-mentioned dates.
Chairman, World Mayors’ Conference, African Region, Ambassador Eyo Asuquo in an exclusive interview with THISDAY, noted that Flowers has shared with Nigeria the many extensive links and good relationships that she has over the years established worldwide.
“Ms. Flowers has been building strong relationships with governments and private sector developers of the West and many other East African countries, with an emphasis on humanitarian causes to empower developing countries to stimulate growth and economic benefits for their citizens.
“Her signature project in West Africa is the social and economical based Global Green BioEnergy Programme, which organises local farmers into cooperatives to develop jatropha as a feedstock, for its biofuel refineries that are cited throughout the region. Currently, Ms. Flowers has garnered a total of 150,000 hectares of land pledges for her programme, and agreements to develop ten biofuel refineries.
“The goal is to develop an exclusive brand of biojet fuel and other alternative fuel products to assist with US mandates for alternative transportation fuels. Ms. Flowers has also acquired land in Imo State and is developing a 300 MW Power Plant and Industrial complex,” he said
The mayor of Accra, Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije and other African mayors are expected to brainstorm on investment opportunities in Africa, when they meet in Cross River State during the proposed programme dates.