HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant Travels to Uganda to Spread the Message of Financial Literacy Empowerment and LOVE LEADERSHIP; Encourages Ugandan Leaders to Undertake Financial Literacy as New Civil Right Issue for the Country, and First Silver Right Empowerment Tool for Its People
Events Planned in Conjunction with Financial Literacy Week Include Meeting with Ugandan Government Officials and U.S. Ambassador
KAMPALA, Uganda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant traveled to Africa this week to partake in Uganda’s fifth annual Financial Literacy Week.
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“Financial literacy and empowerment at its core is understanding that it’s not only about making more money, it’s discovering how to make better decisions with the money you make,” said business best-selling author John Hope Bryant. Bryant continued, "In a global economic age, to live in a system of free enterprise and to not understand the rules of free enterprise, to not understand the 'language of money,' is the very definition of slavery. What Africa needs ultimately for sustainable growth is the creation of more tax payers. Economic freedom is key to set people free."
Along with being the event’s featured guest speaker, Bryant met with Ugandan officials from the Central Bank Committee on Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection, Ministry of Finance and National Planning. Talks revolved around Uganda’s efforts to design national policies around financial literacy and consumer protection, and a briefing on recent moves by the Obama Administration to open up capitalism to all. Ugandan officials wanted to tap into Bryant’s experience as an advisor to four U.S. presidents and his experience as the former vice chair of the first U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.
Bryant was also given the opportunity to present leadership principles from his book "LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World" to top military leaders from the nation’s national armed forces, the Uganda People’s Defense Force.
Later in the trip, Bryant was able to meet with U.S. Ambassador Jerry P. Lanier and his staff along with officials from USAID.
Through HOPE Global Initiatives, Operation HOPE works outside the U.S., offering the Banking on Our Future financial literacy program to South African women and youth. The program focuses on economic empowerment, dignity and entrepreneurship. Currently HOPE has educated and empowered over 15,000 individuals in seven provinces in South Africa since launching the program in 2007, and recently signed a signature agreement with Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the Anglican Church of Southern Africa to expand to 6 Southern African countries. Through Global Dignity, co-founded by Bryant, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, in cooperation with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum, more than 30 countries conducted a "Course in Dignity" in 2009, with 50 countries targeted for GLOBAL DIGNITY DAY on October 20th, 2010.
As a part of commitments made to the Clinton Global Initiative, Operation HOPE is set to open a HOPE empowerment office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and has committed to launch a HOPE empowerment office in Rwanda with support from President Kagame.