Book of African Records eyes $12m

THE Book of African Records (BAR), a local publishing company are expecting to raise $12 million at the Africa Factbook Stakeholders Consultative Conference set for March 5 at Harare International Conference Centre.

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The African Factbook project, which 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.

BAR founder and editor-in-chief, Kwame Muzawazi, said the conference to be hosted in partnership with African Union Commission, Research Council of Zimbabwe and Institute of African Knowledge is meant to consult extensively to create buy-in of key stakeholders to ensure that various resources and expertise are harnessed.

“The 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. “A total of $12 000 000 is expected to be raised.”

He said they were expecting at least 120 delegates including diplomats, businesspeople, philanthropists, potential funders, academics and researchers, publishers and statisticians.

Muzavazi said the conference was also meant to consult and get various views, expectations and needs in order to meet the overall objective of publishing the Africa Factbook.

“The conference shall facilitate dialogue on the process and benefits of compiling a home-grown reference source for Africa,” he said.

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