Sunday, February 2, 2020

Professor Katjavivi to officiate as guest of honour at SCECSAL 2020 conference

Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (middle) with some
members of the National Organazing Committe
for SCECSAL 2020 conference
Honourable Professor Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi, the Speaker of the National
Assembly of the Republic of Namibia, will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the twenty-fourth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCESSAL) to be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 20 to 24 April.

Hon. Katjavivi has an illustrious career in academia and politics and has contributed immensely to nation building in Namibia.

From 1992 to 2003 he served as the founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia and transformed a previously segregated academic institution into a national university with relevant programmes that are increasingly accessible to all Namibians. Currently he also the founding Chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

He also served as Namibia’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, The Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union (2003-2006), and ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (2006–2008).

Hon. Katjavivi was also a Member of the Constitutional Committee (1989-1990) that drafted the Republic of Namibia’s Constitution, and a signatory to the Constitution.

The Namibian Information Workers Association (NIWA) will be hosting the SCECSAL conference for the second time, in the history of both NIWA and SCECSAL, having hosted the fifteenth SCECSAL conference in 2000 on the theme – “Information 2000: a Vision for the SCECSAL region”.

Paper presenters at this year’s SCECSAL conference will come from the SCECSAL region and beyond and more than 350 library and information professionals are expected to attend the conference at the Safari Park Hotel, which was also the venue for the 2000 conference.

Visit the SCECSAL 2020 website for  online registration, Call for International Exhibitors, and Call for Posters (deadline is 28 February 2020).

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