Strength of Ghana’s democracy, economic development is focus of Kennesaw State conference

Daniel Ohene Agyekum

Nation’s ambassador to the U.S. among speakers at three-day “Year of Ghana” event

 KENNESAW, Ga. (March 6, 2013) — As part of its “Year of Ghana,” Kennesaw State University will host a three-day international conference and business forum to examine the West African nation’s status as a model for democratic governance, economic growth and sustainable development. Ghana's ambassador to the U.S. is among those scheduled to speak during the March 21-23 conference . 


The conference is part of Kennesaw State’s “Year of Ghana,” the 29th annual year-long study of a country or region of the world. Sessions include panels and discussions covering a range of topics: investing in Ghana; national security; health care; economic landscape; sociopolitical change; and the role of women. For more information, please visit


  • Daniel Ohene Agyekum, Ghana’s ambassador to the U.S.
  • George Ayittey, president, Free Africa Foundation
  • Kwesi Aning, head of research, and Col. Emmanuel Kotia, academic programs coordinator, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
  • Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, national security coordinator, Republic of Ghana
  • Kwamina Panford, associate professor of African-American studies, Northeastern University
  • Daniel S. Papp, president, Kennesaw State University


March 21-23


Social Sciences, Bldg. #22, on the Kennesaw State campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144


 Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.

 The “Year of Ghana” is a program of the Institute for Global Initiatives at Kennesaw State University.  Co-sponsors for the International Conference and Business Forum include The Coca-Cola Company, Divine Chocolate, Koch Foundation, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, University of Cape Coast and Kennesaw State University.