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Founded by Damon J. Batiste in 1998, the New Orleans South African Connection, Inc. (NOSACONN) has been a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, comprised of business, civic, community and entertainment industry leaders, both in New Orleans and in the Republic of South Africa. Our unique partnership has allowed us to produce special events in the City of New Orleans and the Republic of South Africa, simultaneously for the past three years. These activities have allowed our organization to serve as pioneers of presenting art, culture and tourism as the forefront of economic development.

NOSACONN has recognized the field of arts, culture & education on a local, regional and international level as a tremendous networking tool for job creation, tourism, and self-empowerment. It has also served as an incubator for economic sustainability.

Over the past 5 years, NOSACONN has produced outdoor concerts, educational workshops, empowerment seminars, business expositions, and youth enhancement programs. Since our inception, we have employed over 250 people, including mentoring youth in our local school system.

To further our efforts of continued growth, we are seeking further assistance from the Louisiana State Department of Economic Development. During our next endeavor to South Africa, we will continue to promote the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans. We do this because of City’s uniqueness, diversity of culture and our openess to new opportunities for education and economic development.

This cultural exchange has opened doors for many businesses, entertainers and social groups to continue their work, which has been a great opportunity to support their effort. Not only does this cultural exchange help our city but also it offers the opportunity for producers, and musicians to gain marketing exposure while bringing dollars to our city. It is no surprise that what benefits the Each Province also benefits the Republic of South Africa.

Through NOSACONN, International Cultural Exchange will continue to gather a diverse group of government and business leaders to explore import, export, trade and business opportunities. Here are a few key measures Nosaconn uses for future growth.

  • Community Involvement
  • Tourism
  • Sponsorship Involvement
  • Media Coverage
  • Employment for Artist
  • Building International Relations
  • Economic Development & Sustainability
  • HIV Education
  • Student Exchange

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