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25 April 2009 | Africa

BERLIN, GERMANY -- His Royal Majesty Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, Suapolor of the Se (Shai) Traditional Area, is one of several African dignitaries invited to participate in the 2009 African Presidential Roundtable in Berlin, Germany, April 28-29, 2009. The event is being hosted by the African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) at Boston University. The Roundtable will convene around the theme of 'Leadership Challenges of Land Reform in Africa' and will take place against the backdrop of the 125th anniversary of the Berlin Conference of 1884.

It is expected that this will be a milestone event, as land reform is one of the most critical discussions taking place relative to Africa. This discussion regarding land reform, particularly in light of the 2008 electoral crises in Kenya and Zimbabwe and the present political controversy in South Africa, is of international significance and necessity as Africans rapidly become literal stakeholders in their countries. The issue of land reform is among the most difficult challenges for Africa's contemporary leaders.

The Roundtable will feature closed-door discussions with leaders from the public and private sectors, African ambassadors and dignitaries, heads of major multilateral organizations, and key European Union and U.S. political leaders and policy makers.

His Majesty Adamtey is one of a very select group of traditional leaders who will take place in the Roundtable. Known in private life as Dr. Kingsley Fletcher, His Majesty Adamtey is a former special advisor to the Assistant Secretary General and Director of the United Nations Development Program-Africa and a sought-after speaker and lecturer in the areas of globalization, social justice, and faith based leadership. He has written extensively about land reform challenges and the necessity for considering traditional leadership, cultures and religions in the dialogue regarding related solutions.


In 2008, King Adamtey was a keynote speaker at the World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece - the first African leader ever invited to address this international event. His Majesty is also the founder of Life for Africa, a humanitarian, non-governmental organization which seeks to address the ever-growing need for support of sub-Saharan African nations.

The Roundtable is designed as a gathering to bring former democratically elected African heads of state together with scholars, international dignitaries, and public and private sector leaders to discuss issues pertinent to Africa's growth and development. Also invited to attend are His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency John Kufuor and His Excellency Jerry Rawlings, former Presidents of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Karl Offmann and His Excellency Cassam Uteem, former Presidents of the Republic of Mauritius, His Excellency Aristides Pereira, former President of the Republic of Cape Verde, His Excellency Nicéphore Dieudonné Soglo, former President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency Ali Hassan Mwinyi and His Excellency Frederick Sumaye, former President and Prime Minister (respectively) of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Festus Mogae and His Excellency Ketumile Masire, former Presidents of the Republic of Botswana.

April 25, 2009
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