French-speaking writers, intellectuals meet in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The general administrator of the Francophonie intergovernmental Agency, Roger Dehaybe enjoined French-speaking writers and intellectuals here Wednesday to contribute towards global unity while recognising cultural diversity.
"The world is engaged in the debate on cultural diversity whose outcome is still not known to anybody," Dehaybe said at a meeting organised in prelude to the Francophonie summit scheduled to hold in Ouagadougou.
He exhorted writers and intellectuals not to be indifferent to the politics and economics of their environment, insisting these require their critical input.
Some 200 writers and intellectuals from about 30 French speaking countries are taking part in the meeting, which focuses on prospects in Africa and the Arab world, as well as French literature worldwide.
The high point of the forum, which ends on 20 November will the award of prizes for all five continents.
It is holding alongside the Ouagadougou International Book Fair (FILO) underway here since 16 November.

18 november 2004 07:51:00




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