Dr. Atta-Mills was hosted at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on a one-year fellowship in 2001/02. His focus was the New Partnership in Africa Development agreement (NEPAD), which was also the focus of the then approaching 2002 G8 Summit in Canada. Realizing the need to educate the world on the plight of Africa, the visiting professor consistently reiterated the importance of the NEPAD agreement, of providing assistance to all African countries and the need to provide basic services to all people. He discussed this in every public appearance, which were countless due to his commanding presence and impressive ability to engage audiences.
During his time at the Liu Institute, Dr. Atta-Mills strengthened this message; providing guidance to graduating students, government officials, practitioners and corporations, as well as assisting Canada in it’s preparation for the G8 Summit. The visiting professor collaborated with other UBC departments and consulted on several proposals relating to program development, aid assistance and field work in Africa. Outside of the academic context, Dr. Atta-Mills maintained business interests to find solutions to the needs of West Africa.
While at the Liu Institute, Dr. Atta-Mills offered reflections of his time in Canada, the G8 process, the NEPAD agreement, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and his ability to broaden the scope, awareness and consideration of the challenges faced by Africa. Click here to view this publication, “Africa in the World”.