By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, Dec 2 (LINA) – A two-day roundtable conference on the ratification of the Charter for the African Cultural Renaissance kicks off Tuesday in Monrovia.
The conference is sponsored by the Liberian Government and the African Union and will gather 50 participants from civil society, the National Legislature, academia and Pan-African culture institutions, among others.
The Senior Policy Officer for Cultural Issues of the African Commission, Kladoumadje Nadjaldongar and the Senior Cultural Officer of the Commission, Angela Martins told the Liberia News Agency Monday that the conference will discuss the contents of the Charter.
Mr. Nadjaldongar and Madam Martins indicated that the conference will establish why Liberia has not ratified the charter since she and other 28 countries signed it in 2006, adding that there is a need to speed up the process.
According to them, due to the failure of Liberia and other countries to ratify, the Charter has not entered into force.
They named Mali, Senegal, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria as countries that have already ratified the Charter.
The two African Commission officials said two-thirds of African countries should ratify the Charter before it can come into force.
Mr. Nadjaldongar and Madam Martins stressed that when the Charter is ratified, it will add value to the socio- economic development of Liberia and the other African Union countries.