NIMD, in cooperation with Mozambican political parties, hosts an African Regional Conference on Constitutional Reforms and Constitutionalism in Africa in Maputo from 18 to 21 September 2011. Former President of Mozambique and Chair Person of the Africa Forum of Former Heads of State and Government Joaquim Alberto Chissano will officially open the conference on Monday 19 September.
The conference brings together the senior leadership of governing and opposition political parties from all the nine countries in Africa that are participating in the NIMD programmes: Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the host Mozambique.
The conference is relevant as it is organised at a time when quite a number of countries in Africa have in the recent past embarked on constitutional reforms or constitutional reviews of one form or the other with the hope of coming up with a constitutional order that is not only democratic and legitimate, but also inclusive and popularly accepted. The conference therefore offers participants an opportunity to share their own experiences from the praxis and jointly identify best practices that will go a long way in ensuring that constitutional reform processes contribute to the further deepening of democracy in Africa.
At the end of the conference, participants issue a communiqué that outlines key outcomes and conclusions of the deliberations. Members of the press are invited to the opening ceremony and to the presentation of the conference communiqué at the end of the conference on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 12:00pm.
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