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Globalization and the African Union

His Excellency António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro, Former President of Cape Verde will discuss the impact of globalization on the African union.

Thursday, October 04, 2007
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UCLA campus
39 Haines Hall
A level
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In 1991, President Monteiro became the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Cape Verde and was reelected in 1996. Prior to that, he served as Secretary-General of the Peoples National Assembly of Cape Verde from 1977 to1980 and as President of the Supreme Court of Justice from 1980 to 1990. During his term in office, President Monteiro continued his participation in the international sphere. In 1993, he was Chairman of the Colloquium on Constitutional Transition in Africa, held at the Catholic University of Louvain, and from 1994 to 1997 he served as President of the Inter-State Committee for Struggle Against Drought in Sahel (CILSS). In his role as Deputy President of the OAU Ad-Hoc Committee for Southern Africa, he attended the signing of the Lusaka Protocol on Peace in Angola in 1994. He was elected President of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) in 1998.

Since leaving office, President Monteiro has participated as Chairman of the Contact Group of the OAU sent to Madagascar in March 2002 to mediate the conflict that broke out following the Presidential elections of 2001.  In 2004, President Monteiro was designated as special envoy of the International Organization of French Speaking Countries to Haiti.  He led a delegation sent by the International Organization of French Speaking Countries in a good will mission to Togo following President Gnassingbe Eyadema’s death in February 2005. Since January 2006, President Monteiro has been a member of the International Advisory Committee.  Most recently, President Monteiro has accepted an appointment as the fifth Lloyd G. Balfour African President-in-Residence at Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC).  APARC’s Lloyd G. Balfour African President-in-Residence Program enables former democratically elected African heads of state to spend up to two years at BU, sharing insights on contemporary trends in Africa and interacting with political, religious, academic, and community leaders throughout the United States.

Cost : Free and open to the public

AfricanStudies Center

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center

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