A statement, issued by the European Parliament services has indicated that an “African Week” will be organised at the European Parliament between the 8th and 11th of September, 2008, in Brussels, Belgium.
A three-party meeting comprising of the Pan-African Parliament, the European Parliament the Joint Parliamentary Assembly and jointly chaired by Gertrude Mongella, Speaker of the Pan-African Parliament, and her European Parliament counterpart, Hans-Gert Potering will take place during the African Week.
During the week-long programme, a round table discussion will be held on “the role of the African Diaspora in development”. Other discussions will include the role of African human rights institutions.
Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has been selected as a guest of honour at the African Week celebration.
Also earmarked is an exhibition of works by Malian photographer Malik Sidibé as well as African music concerts to take place at the Fernand Cocq Square near Matonge, the African district in Brussels.