CLI SEEKS PARTNERS FOR 2007 NIGERIA DEMOCRACY SUMMIT
The just-concluded 2007 Nigerian general elections mark the first civilian transfer of power in Nigeria since its independence from Britain in 1960. This aspiring democracy is thus at a crucial point in its development. Will Nigeria become a strategic, democratic partner for the United States and a stabilizing influence in the region, or another troubling story of African state failure? Civic Life International has initiated talks with the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, to host a 2-day summit in Washington D.C fall 2007.
The proposed summit will be an opportunity to engage and interact with key Nigerian leaders (governors, bureaucrats, diplomats, media owners and policy researchers who have granted their consent). Democratic aspirations require a transparent, fertile and dynamic seed bed of peaceful dialogue and deliberation to grow and flourish. Together, we can better understand and assist Nigeria to affect positive change, reducing chances for corruption, increasing profits and fairness from oil and other natural resources, and improving cooperation on concerns of terrorism, among other issues.
Counterparts from the State Department, World Bank, and relevant Non-Government Organizations have been invited to participate in this mutually beneficial exchange.
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