TO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICA AND THE WORLD
We take great pleasure in extending Our wishes for the success of the
international conference on “Africa and the World” organized by the
Haile Selassie I Prize Trust. We established this organization in 1963
and entrusted it with the responsibility of recognizing outstanding
achievements in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa and to strengthen the
spiritual and cultural bonds between Our people and the peoples of the
African continent and of the whole world.
We are pleased to witness that you distinguished scholars have
readily co-operated and accepted the invitation extended by this
organization. This gathering is one of the opportunities where so many
people who have studied Africa will be able to share their views and
knowledge. It will also help in the strengthening of the foundation of
We have consistently supported the view that adequate channels and
opportunities be established at all levels to facilitate exchanges of
ideas and thoughts. Leaders and their people can utilize enlightened
thinking that may result from such exchanges. As you well know, the
Organization of African Unity has enabled leaders to consult as well as
You meet as scholars concerned with the present and future of our
continent. You meet to discuss critically and objectively some of the
major areas of concern namely, history, politics, economics and
You are gathered to comment on specific African problems and air
considered views on the courses of action that the continent should best
follow in its dealings outside its continental boundaries.
As academic people it is essential that your discussions are
unfettered by promotional inclinations and bias but instead pervaded by
scholarly integrity and positive outlooks. Furthermore, you must focus
on the future rather than solely on the past.
We look forward to seeing the proceedings in published form and We wish the conference success.
Oct. 3, 1966
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