AU wants intellectual thoughts adduced at Dakar meeting

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- It is the ardent desire of the African Union (AU) for participants to adduce an 'African intellectuals' thought' during the Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora that opens here Thursday, AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Omar Konare said here Wednesday.
He urged the intellectuals must give their opinions on all the major issues concerning the African continent's future.
That is necessary for democratic advancement in Africa, he added, because "the African Union cannot do anything without the intellectuals' commitment".
He lamented that Africa suffered from an extraordinary brain drain.
"There is a part the intellectuals must play," he told a press conference here Wednesday.
In this regard, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade issued the idea of a financial compensation by the Western companies, which hire African executives.
"We cannot continue to invest in and train people who go and work for other economies," he argued.
According to him, two parameters explain the brain drain: some leave for political reasons and others go abroad to earn more money.
Wade proposed such solutions as the chances enabling the intellectuals to return home, before proposing a body to coordinate intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora and following up decisions made by the Dakar meeting.
The African Union is holding the conference of the intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora under theme: Africa in the 21st century: integration and revival.

06 october 2004 22:25:00

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