Salvador- Brazil (PANA) – The second conference of- Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora (CIAD II), convening Wednesday and Thursday in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil, will first focus on African renaissance.
Heads of State and government as well as high-ranking officials of international institutions and eminent figures will essentially lead this event, moderated by Senegalese historian Iba Der Thiam.
Presidents Festus Mogae (Botswana), Pedro Pires (Cape Verde), Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea), John Kufuor (Ghana), Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal) and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil), host of the conference, are among the leaders expected to address the delegates.
Various other speakers will also make presentations to the presidential round table, including Portia Simpson Miler, Jamaica's Prime Minister; Ali Mohamed Shein, Tanzania's vice president; Alpha Oumar Konaré, African Union Commission chairperson as well as American performer Stevie Wonder and Kenya's Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
The Brazilian minister of Culture and vice president of CIAD II, Gilberto Gil, will also participate in the conference, together with the appointed rapporteurs, Ubiratan Castro de Araujo, president of a major Brazilian cultural foundation, and Margaret Vogt, from the UN Department of Political Affairs.
Around 1,500 intellectuals from Africa, America and the West Indies are present at this two-day event, the second after the October 2004 conference in Dakar, Senegal, a country which initiated an AU resolution describing the Diaspora as a "major component" of the continent, along its five regions comprising Western, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Central Africa.