John Parkerson, honorary consul of Hungary, and director of International Programs at Clayton State University; and Mike S. Twomey, president and executive director of the City of Morrow’s Business and Tourism Association recently attended the Ninth Annual Georgia European Union Summit (“AGEUS”) in Macon, Ga.
Founded in 2001 by Christopher N. Smith, attorney at law and honorary consul of the Kingdom of Denmark for Georgia; AGEUS serves to bring together select international leaders from European and non-European countries with various Georgian economic, business, and governmental leaders. The event was produced by Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival. The annual summit offered attendees an exceptional opportunity to network directly with a large number of consuls and international business leaders involved in increasing trade between their countries and Georgia.
Claes Hammar, minister for Trade and Economic Affairs at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC, was this year’s keynote speaker. The summit program also presented two awards: The 2009 Georgia Distinguished Exporter Award, presented to ChemFree Corporation of Norcross, Ga.; and the 2009 AGEUS Award for Individual Contribution, awarded to Dr. Bruce Allen, honorary consul of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Representations from Germany, Hungary, France, the United Kingdom, Lichtenstein, and Greece, among others, were in attendance, as well as representations from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and various other state and Federal agencies.