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World Indigenous Business Forum laying groundwork in ABQ – WIBF

May 28, 2024

Representatives from an Indigenous economic development institute were in New Mexico last week, rallying up interest in a world-renowned forum that is coming to Albuquerque later this year.

The World Indigenous Business Forum is coming to Albuquerque Oct. 28-30. The forum was started by the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada.

Albuquerque will be the host city for the 15th business forum, and it will be the first American city to host the event since Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2015. Last year’s forum was held in Papua New Guinea.

“Right now, we’re advertising Albuquerque all over the world,” said Rosa Walker, president and CEO of the ILDII, which initiated the business forum. The institute partnered with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce for the forum.

Organizers said the forum will be an economic driver for Albuquerque. Mackenzie Oatway, manager of the ILDII, said that so far people from 20 countries have committed to traveling to the city for the forum. International countries expected to attend the forum include New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Canada.

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