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The William P. Laughlin Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Ethics Presents
Featuring Ketumile Masire
October 20, 2005, Noon-1:15 p.m.
October 21, 2005, Noon-1:15 pm
Ketumile Masire speaks on the critical political and social achievements that have allowed Botswana to maintain a peaceful democracy and to instigate its transition towards greater market participation in its economy.
Key Ingredients for African Democracy:
Botswana is the most politically transparent nation in Africa. It has achieved its peace and stability by utilizing and protecting a fair and independent judicial system, peaceful and free elections, and strong support for local governments and institutions. Faced with large-scale unemployment, heavy dependence on diamond exports, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS, Botswana is attempting political reform to strengthen the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches, and implementing privatization programs to foster foreign capital investment, boost the civil society, and strengthen the independent media. President Masire will discuss how many of these achievements and goals can and should be implemented in other African states.
About President Masire:
Ketumile Masire started his career as a farmer and educator. He entered politics when Botswana gained independence from British colonial rule in 1966. Initially serving as a member of parliament, Masire rose to become the second president of Botswana, serving from 1980 to 1998. Masire served as the first vice-chairman of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1991 and as chairman of the Eminent Personalities of the OAU Committee Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. He was also a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 1999 Nigerian Assembly and Presidential Elections, and from 2000 to 2003 he was facilitator for the Inter-Congolese National Dialogue.