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Stacie Royster                                                                     
Media Relations Manager

Nailah Banks

Media Relations Assistant


Howard University and British Embassy
to Hold African Symposium

Washington, D.C., December 7, 2006 –The Howard University Department of African Studies/Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center in partnership with the British Embassy, Washington, D.C. will present a symposium: Africa Looking Back and Ahead: Addressing the Gleneagles Summit Promise for a Better World, Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Howard University’s Armour J. Blackburn University Center, East Ballroom.  His Excellency Sir David Manning, British Ambassador to the United States, and His Excellency Professor George Obiozor, Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, will be in attendance.


The symposium will examine the challenges of poverty, disease, economic decline and environmental degradation reflective in current African trade and ecological policies.  The G-8 Commission on Africa articulated a vision of hope and transformation that challenged policy makers, academic institutions, civic groups and international organizations to participate in a mew paradigm.

Government, international bodies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and civic activists need to collectively work to generate ideas and implement new programs.  This symposium is designed to contribute to continuing dialogue, public participation and involvement in the search for possible solutions and actions in 2006.

Ambassadors, scholars, experts and civic leaders will share their views during two panel sessions on African Trade and Development and Environmental Issues.


TRADE PANEL 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Floriselle Liser, Assistant Trade Representative for Africa
  • Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, former Ambassador of Rwanda, Visiting Scholar – UC Berkeley
  • Santiago Fenandez de Cordoba, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
  • Peter Dodd, Director of International Economics, Dept. of Trade and Investment, Government of the United Kingdom
  • Dr. William Spriggs, Department of Economics, Howard University

    ENVIRONMENT PANEL 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

    • Franklin Moore, Director for the Office of Environment and Science Policy at USAID
    • Madeline Thompson, Chair of Africa Program Interim Committee, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
    • John McIntire, Sector Director, Environmental and Socially Sustainable Development, World Bank
    • Professor Lorenzo Morris, Political Science Department, Howard University

    Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at











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