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Black history festival starts Webinar series

Black history festival
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The Bureau for International Development, Exchanges, and Commerce (BIDEC) is set to begin a groundbreaking initiative as part of the Black History Festivals, known as the Africa Partnership Forum.

In collaboration with the African Union Mission to the United States and the Office of the President of Ghana (Diaspora Affairs), the Black History Festival aims to bring together influential figures from various fields to celebrate Black-American and African history, heritage, culture, and innovation.

The Black History Festival, organized by BIDEC, has announced the theme for its upcoming webinar series, scheduled to precede the main festival in 2024: “Global Africa Partnership for Shared Prosperity.” The virtual event is expected to attract a diverse audience, including government officials, diplomats, business leaders, historians, academics, and entrepreneurs from both the USA and Africa.

The Africa Partnership Forum, slated for Monday, 22nd January 2024, is designed to be a dynamic and interactive platform. It seeks to unite key stakeholders, thought leaders, policymakers, and experts worldwide to deliberate on the theme of “Global Africa Partnership for Shared Prosperity.” The objective is to foster collaboration and discussions that contribute to the sustainable development of the African continent through strengthened global partnerships.

Mr. Stephen Selassie Asuo, the Executive Coordinator of the Black History Festival, highlighted the primary goal of the webinar series. He stated, “The Africa Partnership Forum aims to foster meaningful conversations and collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Our goal is to establish a comprehensive framework for a Global Partnership that includes Africa, the African diaspora, and the Caribbean for Shared Prosperity.”

The discussions during the forum will focus on identifying key areas of cooperation, leveraging existing resources, and cultivating new partnerships. The overarching aim is to propel sustainable economic growth, social development, and technological advancement across the African continent, African-American communities, and the Caribbean region.

“The Africa We Want: A Vision for Global Partnership and Prosperity” is the compelling theme chosen for this year’s festival. This theme encourages participants to envision a harmonious Africa actively engaged in global partnerships, fostering collaboration, and embracing prosperity. The webinar series seeks to illuminate the path towards a more integrated, interconnected, and economically thriving Africa, resonating with a vision that extends beyond borders.

The Black History Festival 2024 scheduled for 22-26 February in Columbus Ohio has set ambitious targets, aiming to reach at least 1000 participants physically and 100,000 to 1 million virtual viewers worldwide. The event promises to be a significant milestone in fostering collaboration and dialogue for the shared prosperity of Africa and its diaspora.

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