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Uganda to host African library conference

By David Lumu

Added 2nd May 2017 03:09 PM

Delegates from 28 African countries will exchange ideas and innovations on how to use libraries

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National Library of Uganda director, Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa, addressing the press at Media Center today. Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda

Delegates from 28 African countries will exchange ideas and innovations on how to use libraries

Uganda will next year host over 400 African librarians for the standing conference of eastern, central and southern African library and information associations.

According to Gertrude Mulindwa, the director of the National Library of Uganda, the conference, which will take place in April next year, will be convened at Entebbe under the theme: “Positioning library and information services to achieve sustainable development: Innovations and partnerships.”

“The conference theme is a response to the United Nations (UN) call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity as spelt out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS),” Mulindwa told journalists today at Uganda Media Centre.

During the conference, she added, delegates from 28 African countries will exchange ideas and innovations on how to use libraries to enhance education and improve literacy levels on the continent.

“This conference is also expected to have economic impact on local businesses, including hotels, tour companies, transport, entertainment,” she said.

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