ADVANCING TOWARDS REAL AFRICAN UNITY AND DEVELOPMENT? -- THE AFRICA UNION AND THE NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
by Boston Pan-African Forum, The M.I.T. Center for International Studies
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Leaflet advertising a discussion at the Tang Center of M.I.T. on June 5 with Marcia Thomas, Executive Director, USA for Africa (which produced "We Are The World"), and Dr. Tetteh Kofi, Professor of Economics, University of San Francisco. They will discuss whether significant advances are being made towards creating a "United States of Africa." The Africa Union Treaty, enacted in July 2000, will replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU) within a year. It will include a Pan-African Parliament directly elected by the people of Africa, and machinery for an African Economic Community is emerging. Last October, a "New Partnership for Africa's Development" (NEPAD) plan was adopted, intended to chart Africa's route to participation in the global economy. Members of Parliaments and academicians from throughout Africa recently met in Ghana to assess and advance the plans for the Union's Parliament, and academicians critiqued the economic plan. Thomas is a former member of the Oxfam American staff in Boston and was a member of the National Board of the National Summit on Africa. Kofi is from Ghana; his research interests are in commodity economics and economic development; he was one of five experts who drafted the economics section of the National Plan of Action for the Feb. 2000 U.S. National Summit on Africa. The event is sponsored by The Boston Pan-African Forum and The Center for International Studies at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute for Technology, MIT).
Used by permission of a member of Boston Pan-African Forum.
Collection: Private collection of Willard Johnson