Western’s Africa Institute explores partnership and PrimeMinister’s visit at symposium

With Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Africa for a four-day tour of Senegal and Congo to discuss trade, human rights and terrorism, The Africa Institute at Western University is preparing for a one-day symposium scheduled for next week, which will explore many of these very issues.

True Partnerships in Africa (https://theafricainstitute.uwo.ca/Files/Oct18page.html) unites researchers, government, funding agencies and representation from a number of African nations to address questions related to research-based risk management and what Canada’s involvement in the transitioning continent means for Africa.

Joanna Quinn, Director of The Africa Institute, is available to speak with media in advance of True Partnerships in Africa about the symposium, as well as, Prime Minister Harper’s visit to Africa this week.

True Partnerships in Africa is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 from 8:30 to 4 p.m. in Western’s Great Hall in Somerville House. Media are invited to attend. Members of the public wishing to attend may register at https://conferences.adt.its.uwo.ca/default.aspx?conferenceID=66

Speakers include His Excellency Simon Nabukwezi, High Commissioner of Kenya to Ottawa, Sister Margaret Mweshi, University of Zambia and Professor Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University in Kenya.

The symposium will also include a screening of the critically acclaimed film, “The Wooden Camera” from 4 to 6 p.m. in the McKellar Room, 2nd floor, University Community Centre (UCC). The 2003 South African film by Ntshavheni wa Luruli won Best Cinematography and the Prix Henri Alekan at the Paris Film Festival and the Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film at Berlin Film Festival.

For a complete schedule, please visit https://theafricainstitute.uwo.ca/Files/Oct18program.pdf