Togo officially starts preparing for the 9th Pan-African Congress

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 18:26
Togo officially starts preparing for the 9th Pan-African Congress

(Togo First) - Preparations for the 9th Pan-African Congress which Lomé is set to host next year officially began on May 22. The launch ceremony was attended by several officials from Togo and the foreign affairs ministers of South Africa and DR Congo. Togolese PM, Victoire Tomegah Dogbé presided over the ceremony. 

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The Congress should take place between October and December 2024. Organized by Togo and the African Union (AU), it will focus on the following theme: "Renewing Pan-Africanism and Africa's Role in the Reform of Multilateral Institutions: Mobilizing Resources and Reinventing Ourselves for Action."

For Togo, holding the event is a challenge. Robert Dussey, the Togolese minister of foreign affairs said in this regard: "We want this congress to be a congress of action. We want this congress to result in a declaration and for this declaration to impact key issues, including identity issues, issues of the role that Africa must play, the issue of business, and the contribution of our Afro-descendant brothers on the African continent. We hope that this congress can give us perspectives of the actions that will be carried out."

Togo’s concern seems valid considering that during the previous edition, South Africa, which hosted the event, refused to allow some northern African representatives to participate. 

The exact date of the next edition has not been decided yet but the Ministry of foreign affairs of Togo assured that it would happen in 2024. The first edition of the Pan-African Congress dates back to 1919. 

Esaïe Edoh

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