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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NIGERIA TRADE MISSION DELEGATION AMBASSADOR: Miss Africa USA, 1st Princess Poised To Connect Her County With Her Country

 
 
Prince George's County, MD May 18, 2018- The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation has just announced its official Delegation Ambassador for the upcoming Nigeria Trade Mission taking place August 13 – 19, 2018. Elaine Alale, Miss Africa USA, 1st Princess has agreed to spearhead the delegation to connect Prince George’s County to her country of origin. An entrepreneur, graduate of Prince George’s County public schools and a first-generation Nigerian-American, Ms. Alale has strong connections to both the County and Nigeria. EDC’s President and CEO, Jim Coleman, is ecstatic to have Ms. Alale join the delegation as the ambassador.
 
“We are blessed to have Elaine Alale agree to be our delegation ambassador,” said Coleman. “Because of her international upbringing, she offers special insight into the business communities of both Prince George’s County and Nigeria. Her love for her home and home country as well as her intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit is just what we need to make our trade mission even more effective. We are excited to have a success partner in Ms. Alale. I can’t wait to go to Nigeria!”
 
The EDC has perfected the art of international trade missions. Within the past few years, it has led successful trade missions to China, Korea and Cuba. This year's Trade Mission will be the first in the continent of Africa in several years and there are plans to soon explore South Africa. While there, delegates will attend the ‘Networking with the USA Conference’ in Lagos. At the conference the delegates be connected to over 400 Nigerian businesses. Future trade missions are also being developed to connect local business leaders to Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. The EDC works hard to be able to offer business leaders as many resources as possible. The ambassadorship of Ms. Alale is the first of its type and she is poised to aid the delegation in navigating the Nigerian business culture.
 
“My goal is to serve the delegation, the County, and the people,” said Alale. “I grew up in both Prince George’s County and Nigeria and I am excited to connect the business community in my County with the business community in my country. Nigeria has the leading economy in Africa and Prince George's County-based businesses will surely be successful by creating and nurturing relationships with their soon to be partners across the pond.”
 
To join the delegation headed to Nigeria in August, please contact Sangrea Watkins at swatkins@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4619.