Akbari One of Eight Selected for Rising Leaders Program
Promises to work with Canadian Embassy to create Memphis jobs
Memphis, TN—State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) was recently selected to participate in the ‘Rising State Leaders Program’ which is taking place on June 7th-13th. The program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is sponsored by the Embassy of Canada. Akbari was one of only eight legislators selected from the United States.
“It’s an extraordinary honor to be chosen for this program,” said Representative Akbari. “I want to thank the Embassy of Canada, Consul General Louise Blais and especially Memphis’ own Leigh Shockey, an honorary Canadian Consul General, for inviting me to participate.”
The ‘Rising State Leaders Program’ was started in 2006 to facilitate a better understanding of business, trade and culture between the United States and Canada. Applications for the program are not accepted; instead participant selection is made jointly by the Canadian Embassy and the Consular General. The 2015 program will take legislators to Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia to foster a deeper understanding of Eastern Canada.
“Canada is such an important trading partner not just for Tennessee, but for the city of Memphis. While on this exchange, I hope to foster the unique relationship between Canada and Memphis, so we can continue to increase trade between our businesses and create more stable, good paying jobs for this area.”
Canada is currently the number one trading partner for the state of Tennessee, supporting 160,000 Tennessee jobs and $8.7 billion in state exports. Memphis’ own Canadian National Intermodal Yard in southwest Memphis provides a direct line for trade between the port of New Orleans and Halifax, Prince Rupert and Vancouver. This center employees hundreds of Memphians and provides for the export of many Tennessee grown agriculture products.