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The Mandela Institute conference: “Trade as the Vehicle
for Peace in Africa” to be held at Wits on July 25, 2007

New York, N.Y., February 12, 2007 — In July 2007 The Mandela Institute will host a conference at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa on “Trade as the vehicle for Peace in Africa”. Established at Wits and named for Wits famous eponymous alumnus, the Mandela Institute develops intellectual capacity and encourages and promotes trade-related studies for Developing Countries.

The Mandela Institute’s 2007 conference will examine trade with global partners, intra-African trade, sources of trade-related friction, and trade and investment requirements of corporations and governments.  “Trade as the Vehicle for Peace in Africa” will cover current issues like positive and negative trade and commercial practices, negotiating requirements of trading partners, and practical aspects of trade and peace in Africa.

The official opening of the Conference will be a dinner in Johannesburg on July 24, 2007  hosted by Professor Loyiso Nongxa, Wits’ Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Stanley Bergman, Chairman of The University of the Witwatersrand Fund, Inc, USA; John Chalsty, Chairman, US Advisory Board, Mandela Institute and Jonathan Klaaren, Executive Director of The Mandela Institute and Glenda Fick, Dean of the Wits Law School. The Conference on July 25, 2007 will be held in the Chalsty Center at Wits. Invitees will include representatives of country, international and multilateral organizations and trading partners and Corporations.

The Conference, to be held on July 25, 2007, is an important collaboration between Wits and global partners. It is an opportunity to examine trade and peace, a forum for crucial and critical responses, and a platform for proposals which will guide, influence and foster future social and economic development.

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