Salvador- Brazil (PANA) – The development of Afric-a, its citizenship, political, economic and cultural aspects and greater understanding among the African Union (AU) member States, should form major elements for African Renaissance, the just-ended Conference of Intellectual from Africa and the Diaspora said here.
The "Salvador Declaration" adopted at the end of the meeting here late Friday also stressed that Africa's Diaspora, scattered across the planet, constituted a fundamental part of the African cultural and political heritage.
Communities of African descent are confronted by difficulties in Africa and in the Diaspora, the Declaration said, adding that ancestral roots could play an essential role in addressing these difficulties.
Aware that governments and the civil society could contribute in the search for solutions through the development of stronger cultural consciousness, the delegates affirmed that such a conference represented an incentive and could contribute to the renewal of ties between the Diaspora and its ancestral origins.
To his end, the Declaration noted contributions towards accelerating Africa's development, saying the Salvador meeting and (CIAD I) held in Dakar, Senegal in 2004, were "major instruments for a global understanding of African Renaissance.
" For a follow-up on these initiatives, ahead of CIAD III, whose date and venue are to be determined, the Declaration stressed the need for dialogue among intellectuals in Africa and the Diaspora.
The African Union (AU) was also urged to create Diaspora-specific activities in its agenda, while reinforcing and supporting the Department of Civil Societies and Relations with the Diaspora.
The Union is expected to set up a coordination committee of intellectuals to assist its Commission in the preparation for CIAD III.
The Declaration also called for cooperation to foster strategic collaboration between intellectuals and government authorities in Africa and the Diaspora through an effective mechanism.
Participants expressed their gratitude to Senegal, which hosted the first conference, and the Brazilian federal government and the Bahia State, that hosted the second conference.
UNESCO, the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) and the Commonwealth, were among organisations mentioned for their support.