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Former President Mogae leaves for South Africa and USA Sunda...

His Excellency Former President Mr. Festus G. Mogae will leave for South Africa this Sunday 27th February 2011 in the morning and then proceed to Washington in the evening same day. In South Africa, Mr Mogae will participate in a BBC Television World Debate which will be recorded at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in Johannesburg Sunday afternoon. The debate will tackle the question: Is Homosexuality Un-African? There will be eight panelists who will include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of Cape Town.

Later in the evening His Excellency will proceed to Washington at the invitation of Johns Hopkins University to participate in a conference titled “Africa’s New Era: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future’ which is scheduled for 1 -2 March. The conference is sponsored by the African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Bernard L. Schwartz Forum on Constructive Capitalism. The audience will include policymakers, academics, students and members of the private sector.

On his way from Washington Mr Mogae will stop over in Johannesburg to attend the first meeting of the Global Commission on Electoral Processes. He is a member of this commission. The meeting is scheduled for the 4th to 5th of March 2011 in Johannesburg. The Commission is a joint initiative between International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Kofi Annan Foundation.

This meeting will be followed by the 5th Global Electoral Organisation (GEO) conference which will be held in Gaborone from 7th to the 9th of March 2011 under theme ‘Credible Elections for Democracy’. Delegates to this conference will focus on various aspects of the election process, including electoral reform, elections and conflict and engaging electoral stakeholder.

Bapasi Mphusu
Tel: 390 9898
Fax: 390 9834
Mobile: 7131 9748
Email: bmphusu@gov.bw


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