Boston University’s Charles Stith on Eight-Nation Fact-Finding Tour of Africa
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(Boston) — Continuing to enhance awareness of Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) as a resource for strengthening U.S.-African relations, director Charles Stith has embarked on a month-long mission to Africa. During an eight-nation tour, the former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania will hold strategic meetings with current and former heads of state, ministry-level government leaders, and heads of major private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
“With the Bush Administration launching its second term and presumably taking a fresh look at its complex array of global relationships, this is a timely opportunity to take the pulse of African aspirations,” said Stith.
With stops in Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, and Tanzania, topics of discussion will include effects of the recent tsunami on East Africa, resolution of the conflict in Sudan, human-rights violation trials in Rwanda, U.S. interest in Nigeria’s oil market, President Bush’s likely initiatives for Africa, and democratic elections in Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana.
On February 21 at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Stith will officially unveil APARC’s third annual African Leaders State of Africa Report offering the perspective of leaders on the continent who are furthering democratic governance and free market reform.
While on tour, Stith will formally sign APARC’s American-African Universities Collaborative agreement with the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Ghana, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa (for more on the Collaborative, see http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news/releases/display.php?id=837). He also will moderate the Collaborative’s first videoconference discussion, featuring CNN Johannesburg Bureau Chief Charlene Hunter-Gault.
The BU African Presidential Archives and Research Center — established to complement BU’s African Studies program, established in 1953 — is a resource for fostering efforts at free-market reform and democratization in Africa. A repository for the papers of past and present African leaders, it offers a residency program for former democratically elected heads of state and hosts an annual African Presidential Roundtable each April. The fourth Balfour African President-in-Residence for the spring of 2005 will be announced upon Stith’s return to the United States.
Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.
Notes to editors: For more on Boston University’s APARC, see http://www.bu.edu/aparc.