The African Development Bank and the South African embassy in Cote d’Ivoire have finalized preparations for a joint lecture to honour Nelson Mandela’s hundredth birthday.
The lecture, which will take place on September 17, 2018 at the Bank’s Headquarters, will be delivered by Dr Pali Leholhla, former South African Statistician General, and Dr Koffi N’Guessan, former Director of the Ecole Natonale Superieure de Statistiques et d’Economie Appliquee in Cote d’Ivoire (ENSEA).
Mandela, the iconic anti-Apartheid activist who became South Africa’s first black President died on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95.
Speaking about the anniversary, the Bank’s Communications and External Relations Director, Victor Oladokun said, “The Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations provide us and people around the world, a unique opportunity to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy.
Oladokun said the lecture would focus on the promotion of intra-African scholarship as a means to promote the production of “knowledge about Africa, in Africa, by Africans, for Africa” in line with the Bank’s strategic priorities.
The event is expected to attract top dignitaries, members of the international community, policy makers from the government of Cote d’Ivoire, the Bank’s board of directors and senior leadership as well as the South African community in Cote d’Ivoire, students, academicians and the media. South Africa’s ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire will also attend.
The lecture will take place from 10 am to 13:00pm in the Babacar N’Diaye Auditorium.
About the Lecture Series
The public lecture is an element of a series initiated this year by the Bank to support dialogue and collaboration with the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) on knowledge harnessing and dissemination; and contribute to participative policy development. It is expected to engage the bank in making use of the substance of the discussions to shape partnerships and multiply initiatives that spur multi stakeholders’ contributions to knowledge for policy development in the RMCs.