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LOC meets Rastafari community

8TH PAC LOC MEETS RASTAFARI COMMUNITY

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 8th Pan African Congress on last Tuesday had a fruitful deliberation with leaders of the Rastafari community in Ghana. The meeting which took place at the LOC Secretariat in Accra discussed how to ensure maximum participation for the Congress, what can be done to shape the outcome of the resolution – for instance a Rasta perspective to Pan Africanism and most importantly what can be done after the Congress to ensure a development in the Pan Africanist movement.

Being honoured by the invitation, leaders of the Rastafari Council expressed their satisfaction with Ghana hosting the event. They proposed that the event should be Africanised so that African traditional dress code, food and music be utilized during the Congress. They also requested the need for an international Rastafari speaker as the main speaker for one of the sessions of the Congress, given a Rastafari perspective to some of the topical issues.

Mr. Kwesi Pratt, who also chairs the LOC, recognized the contributions and hardwork of the Rastafari Council. He acknowledged them as partners for the implementation of the Congress. He also reiterated the idea of efforts being carried to properly reflect the African culture during the Congress. He made calls for greater participation of the Rastafari community in the Congress.

Present at the meeting included leaders of the Rastafari Council, the LOC Chair – Mr. Kwesi Pratt, the LOC Coordinating Secretary – Mr. Kwesi Adu and other members of the LOC. The 8th Pan African Congress is being held on the 27th and 28th of October this year in Accra. It is expected to involve over 500 delegates including the trade unions, women, youth, policy experts, Heads of States, diplomats, academia and pro-pan African organisations.

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Source: Isaac Dadzie
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