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  • Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:23:07 +0000: Remarks by MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo at the Minorities in Energy Year One Anniversary Forum - MBDA Syndicated News Feed


    November 18, 2014

    National Director Castillo

    Good Morning. A special thanks to our Mistress of Ceremonies for that warm introduction.

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  • Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:35:05 +0000: Business Climate Improves in Many African Countries but Access to Electricity Remains a Challenge - MBDA Syndicated News Feed
    Created on November 21, 2014

    Doing Business 2015Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows.

    The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countries listed for a “most improved” business climate – Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo – were in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    While showing significant improvement in many of the factors that are needed to attract private investment, the report also serves to underscore some of the persistent challenges to doing business on the continent. Among those African countries that made the most-improved list, only one, the Democratic Republic of Congo, was recognized for adopting reforms related specifically to accessing electricity, a key challenge throughout the continent that severely limits business activity.

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  • Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:51:58 +0000: Remarks by MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo at ACE National Conference - MBDA Syndicated News Feed


    November 13, 2014

    National Director Castillo

    Good afternoon and thank you Martin for that warm introduction.

    We certainly appreciate the remarks of Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Bruce Andrews.  

    I am so pleased to be here with you today. I certainly want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of this organization:

    • Sach Takayatsu – President & CEO of ACE

    • Jimmy Ferguson – National Board Chairman

    • Bill Imada – Fmr. Chairman and the founder of ACE and the WH Initiative on AAPI Commissioner

    • Albert Shen – MBDA National Deputy Director

    It is good for us to be here – at your Second Annual National Conference & Awards Banquet. We celebrate this young, effective organization that is doing great work on behalf of the Asian American Pacific Islander community – a community that faithfully contributes billions to the national economy and to the vitality of many local communities.

    Cesar Chavez, a master organizer and coalition builder among many other things, once said – “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

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  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:19:28 +0000: MBDA Emphasizes Importance of Diversity, Inclusion during Louisiana Diversity Forum - MBDA Syndicated News Feed
    Created on November 18, 2014

    DiversityThe Southern University Law Center and Kean Miller, LLP, hosted the Louisiana Diversity Forum on Oct. 30 in Baton Rouge, La. The forum included several panel discussions and speaker presentations focused on diversity and inclusion with respect to commerce, business, workplaces, and legal education.

    Candace Shiver, Special Advisor to the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) participated as a panelist during the event. Her panel, where she was joined by representatives from Exxon Mobil Corporation and GE Foundation, had a special emphasis on corporate supplier diversity. Together, the panelists discussed and provided critical insight and perspectives on why and how more U.S businesses are achieving diversity and inclusion by building strategic inclusive business models.

    Providing context during the panel discussion to the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Shiver stated “At the time of MBDA’s founding in 1969, and for a number of years thereafter, many argued for minority inclusion as a matter of right or equal opportunity.”  “Fast forward 45 years, and today we’re recognizing at MBDA how much of a business imperative it is to engage minority-owned companies – to not only open the door, but to also keep the door open - in order for corporations to remain viable and grow increasingly competitive worldwide.”

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