PREPARATIONS FOR WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE IN NAMIBIA TAKING SHAPE

EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE WISHES TO GIVE CREDIT  TO THE BLACKLIST DIGEST FOR THE SOURCE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR A PROGRAMME OF CO-OPERATIVE  ACTION FROM
AUGUST 2010 TO NOVEMBER 2011 BETWEEN THE PARTNERS:-
THE PAN-AFRICAN STRATEGIC AND POLICY RESEARCH GROUP (PANAFSTRAG ), LAGOS
THE PAN-AFRIKAN CENTRE OF NAMIBIA (PACON), WINDHOEK AND
THE NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NAMIBIA, WINDHOEK  (NYCN)
Introduction
Africa today reflects the footprints of two major encounters. One
resulting from forced migration north across the Sahara, up the Nile
Valley and across the Red Sea. The other across the Atlantic, to the
Caribbean, North and South America and to Europe. These reflect
cultural and business transactions between African elites and external
agencies.
The last decade witnessed increased African and global attention to
these encounters by Pan-Africanists and the United Nations (UN), which
has declared 2011 as the International Year for  People of African
Descent, a product of the work of the Office of the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights.
Olayinka Akanle of the University of Ibadan, amongst others, has
placed Pan-Africanist struggles in the context of identity, values,
norms and  ideas, not race only. To him, the full realisation of the
laudable objectives and vision of Pan-Africanism lies with the future
generations of global Africans in being resolute on overcoming the
present challenges of globalization facing Africans. This analysis
gives meaning to collective work, to overcome the obstacles faced by
not only persons of African descent outside of Africa, but by those on
the Continent. To which is added the rider, noting that increasingly
these days,  only Africa South of the Sahara, with its Diasporas, is
considered part of the Pan-African project.
Collective endeavour should provide for shared experience, reparations
arising from the consequences of external predators, as well as
research, reformulating and refining theoretical and political action
based on science, technology and innovation by way of transactions to
develop self reliance, to sustain development.
Work plan
(A)YOUTH WORKSHOP
There will be two meetings. One in December 2010 and the other in
November 2011. Both will take place in Namibia. The first activity in
2010 is in preparation for the larger activity in 2011. Both are
towards giving meaning to the celebration of the benchmark
International Year of the People of African Descent 2011, including
those in the eastern and western Diasporas.
From 6-11 December 2010 a gender balanced Workshop will take place in
Windhoek entitled  ” Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century ”
bringing together some 30-40 persons,  drawn from the global African
Youth, Youth  leaders and Youth workers and Pan-Africanists  with –
Arrivals 6 December, Workshop 7-9 December, sightseeing 10 December
and departures 11 December. The first objective being to focus the
future generations of Pan-Africanists  on the outcomes of  the
previous  Pan-African Congresses/Conferences held 1900-94 as well as
the FESTAC-77 Recommendations. The second objective will be to
discuss ways and means of implementing these resolutions and to make
recommendations with respect to the role and responsibilities of
future generations. Thirdly the participants are to deliver their own
vision of a programmatic Pan-African agenda going forward. Finally the
workshop will study PACON as an organisational structure for
implementation throughout the global Pan-African community.
The Partners, with the support of the Founding President of Namibia,
the Speaker of the Parliament of Namibia, The Prime Minister of
Namibia and the following Ministers of Namibia : Foreign Affairs,
Finance and Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture together with
the Nigerian Foreign Minister, collectively being Patrons of the work
of the Partners in this endeavour, will ensure the realisation of this
Programme of Action.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) will invite, amongst others,
participants through their National Youth Councils, as well as the
President and Secretary-General of the Pan-African Youth Union. The
Patron of PACON, the Founding President of Namibia, will be the
Keynote Speaker together with the Foreign Minister of Nigeria. Another
Speaker  will be the Foreign Minister of  Namibia. The transactions
will be published.
The Workshop is open to Students Leaders, Professionals, Youth Leaders
and Youth Workers, however participation from all Pan-Africanists organizations will
be welcome
Maj-Gen (Rtd) Ishola Williams of PANAFSTRAG will be in Namibia in
October 2010 for five days during which time, on the invitation of the
Pan-African Student Society (PASS) of the University of Namibia,  he
will make a public presentations in major cities of Namibia.
PART (B) GLOBAL AFRICAN FORUM
Working title of the ” THE GLOBAL AFRICAN FORUM: – Pan-Africanism in the
21st Century- towards economic self-reliance and development ”
November 2011, in  Namibia to celebrate the UN Year of African
Descendants.
Working sub-themes:-
Elimination of racism and xenophobia
Reparations
The 2nd Wave of Pan-Africanism for economic self-reliance
Activities based on indigenous knowledge, science, technology,
innovation and entrepreneurship
Global African history, culture and languages
The Forum  will also deliberate on the outcomes of the Windhoek
Workshop of 6-10 December 2010
Forum  will produce an Action Plan for implementation by organisations
committed to realise Pan-African unity, feeding into the series of
events leading to the Diaspora Summit in December 2012 in South
Africa. This Conference is to celebrate the UN Year of African
Descendants with people to people interaction.
The issues outlined above  will have speakers in plenary, which
thereafter will move into breakout sessions. There will be a segment
of the Forum dedicated to the Youth, which will be hosted by  the NYC.
The objective being to plant a    PACON network in the global
Pan-African community.
The meeting would have 3 working days plus one day sightseeing. There
will be Registration fees. Accommodation will be in hostels, guest
houses and hotels. The meeting will take place at the University and
it’s outcomes will be published. There will be simultaneous
translation in four languages, French, Portuguese, English and Spanish
depending on the number of participants.
The Forum  will have a Local Organising Committee (LOC) and an
International Organising Committee (IOC). The IOC will be drawn from
Africa and its Diasporas. It will be constituted by people who can
contribute ideas, disseminate details of the event and    mobilise
participation in their regions, who have a track record of involvement
in Pan-Africanism. Those on the IOC may have covered their airfares,
accommodation and food.
The LOC will provide a list of accommodation facilities and tariffs
for lodging and board. It will provide a venue with breakout  rooms
for the Conference, an auditorium for the plenary sessions, facilities
for translation and a Secretariat.
The Forum is  open to NGOs from Africa and the Diasporas and Pan-Africanists.
CONCLUSION
The two activities will celebrate the United Nations Year of  the
People    of African Descents    worldwide .

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