The Nation (Nairobi)
May 21, 2005
Posted to the web May 20, 2005
Nation Correspondent

Aga Khan And Writer Soyinka to Give Keynote Speeches


The Aga Khan and Nobel literature laureate Wole Soyinka are among the delegates expected at the International Press Institute's 54th Annual Congress in Nairobi.

IPI board and forum members and their spouses last evening attended a dinner hosted by the Serena Group ahead of the three-day talks, which officially open tomorrow.

The congress has attracted top editors and media executives, with special guests from 53 countries.

Issues concerning Press freedom in Africa, reporting the Islamic world and good governance will be highlighted, with keynote speakers from around the world.

Registration takes place at Hotel Inter-Continental throughout today. In the evening, the guests will be treated to a welcome cocktail party by Eveready East Africa.

Board members will meet ahead of the conference to discuss diverse topics on the media, with a special emphasis on Africa.

Other keynote speakers include Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai.

Every year IPI organises its world congress side-by-side with the annual IPI general assembly. Besides media representatives, the event brings together politicians and academicians.

For members, this is the highlight of their professional year as they get to share their experiences and discuss issues affecting Press freedom and human rights.

Last year the conference was held in Warsaw, Poland. It is being held in Kenya for the third time.