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President Mahama to address 8th Pan African Congress

President John Dramani Mahama is expected to address the 8th Pan African Congress (PAC), which is a historic gathering of the Global African Family from March 4th to 7th at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Information made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Saturday indicates that both Ghana and the African Union (AU) have committed themselves fully to supporting the hosting of the 8th Pan African Congress in Accra, which will be attended by many African Heads of State and Pan Africanists from across the globe.

The PAC has remained a forum through which people of African descent have articulated key agendas for the liberation of Africa and the assertion of the dignity of the African personhood.

The Accra Congress will involve delegations from all parts of the Pan African world to revive the tenets the 1st Pan African Congress in London in 1900 to the 7th in Kampala, Uganda in 1994.

Briefing the media in Accra, Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr. the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee explained that, the Congress will serve as a platform for Africans throughout the world to discuss their political, economic and social problems and find solutions to them.

He said Ghana is again using the platform of the Pan African Congress to proclaim that the nation will continue to propagate the agenda of “our founding fathers towards the integration of Africa and the promotion of the welfare of its People.”

Information available indicates government’s total commitment to the Pan African Congress.

Pan Africanism is the key to the principled unity of Africans throughout the world for political and social emancipation.

About 2,000 people from all over the world are expected to converge in Accra for the Congress.

The 7th Pan African Congress was held in Kampala, Uganda and was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from across the world.

It is generally held that the 5th Pan African Congress held in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1945 provided a strong impetus to the national liberation struggles in Africa.

Source: GNA

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