13.01.2011 - ODG

Irina Bokova visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Congo

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Traveling to Kinshasa and Brazzaville, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is scheduled to hold meetings with high-level authorities, including the Presidents, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Congo between 13 and 15 January 2011. These are her first official visits to these countries.

While in Kinshasa, DRC, Irina Bokova will meet with the President Joseph Kabila, the Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito, and all Ministers whose fields of action relate to UNESCO. She will also meet with the United Nations Country Team and the staff of UNESCO’s office in Kinshasa.  In her meeting with the President, an agreement will be signed between UNESCO and the DRC to establish a research and documentation Centre on Women, Gender and Peace-building for the Great Lakes Region. This UNESCO Category 2 Centre will be located in Kinshasa.

The Director-General arrives in Brazzaville, Congo, on the afternoon of Friday, 14 January. During her stay, she will meet with Mr Florent Ntsiba, Minister of State, Work, and Social Security; Mr Ange Antoine Abena, Minister of Higher Education and President of the Congolese National Commission for UNESCO; Ms Rosalie Kama Niamayoua, Minister of Literacy, Primary and Secondary Education; and with Mr Justin Koumba, President of the National Assembly.  During this first official visit to Congo, Irina Bokova will also visit two schools and meet the country’s President, Mr Denis Sassou-Nguesso and First Lady, Ms Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso.




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