|HOUSTON – Today, Ambassador H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett, founder and Head of Mission for the Diaspora African Forum (DAF), and leadership visited Houston to scout locations for what will become the first DAF location outside of the African continent. This achievement is the direct result of relationships forged during the trade and investment mission, led by Mayor Sylvester Turner, to West Africa in July, with a 30-member delegation.
During the mission, Mayor Turner and the delegation engaged with African leaders, businesses, and communities with the intent to build on existing relationships, explore new bi-lateral economic opportunities, and strengthen cultural and civic engagement between the City of Houston and Africa.
As the most diverse city in the nation and home to one of the largest diasporas in the United States, Houston is the perfect choice. «We are honored to be the first city outside of Africa to host a Diaspora African Forum location,” says Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Today’s announcement reaffirms Houston’s commitment to strengthening its bonds with the African continent and its diaspora.
Mayor Turner also recognized Ambassador Bennett and the Diaspora African Forum who visited public session today.