BY BRIDGET GAPARE
FOUNDER and editor-in-chief of Book of African Records, Kwame Muzawazi said he is happy with progress they have made towards the publishment of The African Factbook that traces African history from an African perspective.
Book of African Records is a research and educational institution that collates, authenticates and promotes African facts, records and information.
Speaking in an interview, Muzawazi said he was happy to be bringing at least 120 delegates who include diplomats, businesspeople, philanthropists, potential funders, academics and researchers, publishers and statisticians to Zimbabwe for the one day Africa Factbook Stakeholders Consultative Conference on March 5 at Harare International Conference Centre.
“As we work towards the publishment of our African Factbook, will be hosting a one day Africa Factbook Stakeholders Consultative Conference in Harare to be graced by several international delegates,” he said.
“So far The African Union, The Southern African Development Community, The Economic Community of West African States, The East African Community, The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Monetary Fund, World Bank have confirmed their availability and they will be jetting in the country on Sunday.”
Muzawazi said total of about $12 000 000 is expected to be raised at the conference to be hosted in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC), Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) and Institute of African Knowledge.
“This conference (Africa Factbook Stakeholders Consultative Conference) seeks to sensitise key stakeholders on the importance and process of compiling the Africa Factbook, map, understand and acknowledge existing initiatives and processes on the continent that can feed into this multi-stakeholder process of compiling a home-grown Africa Factbook,” he said.
“Africa Factbook Stakeholders Consultative Conference shall also serve as a marketing platform for the project and its products to ensure the Factbook will be widely used. Through the process, BAR seeks to identify the possible collaborations throughout the Factbook compilation process from research, verification, editing, publishing, printing to marketing and distribution.”
Muzawazi said the African Factbook shall contain useful facts about Africa and the African peoples for the purpose of information dissemination, education, entertainment, reference, statistics and documentation.
“The African Factbook shall contain useful facts about Africa and its people for purposes of information dissemination, education, entertainment, reference, statistics and documentation is being implemented by the BAR on the strength of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Africa Union,” he said.