Boston University’s Charles Stith Visits Europe And Africa Promoting African Presidential Archives And Research Center

in BU In the Community, News Releases
July 2nd, 2003

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(Boston, Mass.) — In an ongoing effort to promote Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) as a forum to help nurture democratization and free-market reform across Africa, director Charles Stith is on a two-week mission to Europe and Africa. Between meetings with business and political leaders on both continents, the former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania will be a guest at both the Court of St. James in London and at the African Union Summit in Maputo, Mozambique.

Stith will be the guest of U.S. Ambassador William S. Farish this week in London for the annual Independence Day celebration, and will meet with the Coca-Cola Africa Group’s president, Alex Cummings.

Next week in Africa he meets in Tanzania with President Benjamin Mkapa, former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi, and a number of private industry representatives. In Mozambique he attends the African Union gathering and a parallel meeting of African former heads of state, hosted by Kenneth D. Kaunda, first president of Zambia and currently APARC’s Balfour African President-in-Residence at Boston University.

Stith then heads to South Africa on July 11 for five days of meetings in Johannesburg and Capetown with Walter Braithwaite, president of Boeing Africa, various government officials, and representatives from BP Amoco, CheveronTexaco and other corporations.

The trip is aimed at enhancing awareness among government and business leaders of the BU African Presidential Archives and Research Center as a resource for fostering efforts at free-market reform and democratization in Africa. Through a residency program for former democratically elected African leaders, access to their papers, and systematic exchange with current democratically elected heads of state, APARC provides a valuable repository of insights and expertise of past and present leaders. APARC is expected to announce this fall a successor to Dr. Kaunda as Balfour African President-in-Residence.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. For more on APARC, see http://www.bu.edu/aparc/

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