Boston University's African Presidential Archives and Research Center has brought together ten former African presidents in Germany this week for discussions on land reform in Africa and other issues.
The director of the center, former US Ambassador to Tanzania Charles R. Stith, is chairing what has become an annual roundtable, being held this year in Berlin. The group also met German President Horst Köhler at a luncheon on Monday.
BU quotes Kohler as telling the visiting former presidents: "Expectations of the new US Administration under President Obama are high, especially in Africa. We Europeans and Americans should together do all we can to make the emerging partnership with Africa a success. I'm therefore very pleased that this year's roundtable is being held in Berlin.”
The former leaders are President Ketumile Masire of Botswana, President John Kufour of Ghana, President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana, President Nicephore Soglo of Benin, President Karl Offmann of Mauritius, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, President Aristides Pereira of Cape Verde, President Cassam Uteem of Mauritius, President Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania, and Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye of Tanzania.
Stith's APARC inaugurated the African Presidential Roundtable in April 2003, drawing in many former heads of state -- including some who have spent time in residence at BU -- as well as American academics. The goal is to brainstorm policy initiatives for African development and look for opportunities to improve US-African relations.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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