TENDAI BITI on Windows of Opportunity in Zimbabwe -- The Government of National Unity, Rural Developments, Labor and Civil Society | Freedom House

TENDAI BITI on Windows of Opportunity in Zimbabwe -- The Government of National Unity, Rural Developments, Labor and Civil Society

Monday, April 27, 2009 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

The National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800

After nearly a year, Zimbabwe is still reeling from the outcome of the March 2008 elections.  Despite many challenges, the elections have nevertheless opened a small window of opportunity.  Parliament is divided almost evenly between the MDC and ZANU-PF.  The Global Political Agreement (GPA) provides for significant representation of the MDC in the executive branch, including the post of prime minister, improving the chances that government can enact reforms and respond to constituent needs.  Citizens and civil society organizations are more able to engage their elected officials and to demand accountability.  Recent developments in rural areas, within the labor movement, and in the media also warrant attention. This forum will explore the way forward in Zimbabwe.

Session I

11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. -- keynote address by Tendai Biti, Minister of Finance, Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Lunch

Session II

12:30-2:00 p.m. -- panel discussion:
Marc Bayard, Director, Africa Program, Solidarity Center
Ray Choto, Senior Editor, Zimbabwe Service, Voice of America
Tyanai Masiya, Chairman, Centre for Research and Development
Vukasin Petrovic, Senior Program Manager for Africa, Freedom House

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