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Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, will give a lecture on "The African Renaissance" at UNU Headquarters on Thursday, 9 April 1998. The lecture will take place from 14.30 to 16.00 hours in the UNUís International Conference Hall and will be presented in cooperation with the South African Embassy and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During his presentation, Mr. Mbeki will give his views on how South Africa can play an important role in ending the continentís political and economic isolation. He will discuss the reforms that numerous African countries have implemented so as to become more democratic and market-oriented. He also will share his vision of what Africa will contribute to the international community in the 21st century.

Mr. Mbeki has been the Deputy President of South Africa since 1994. He has been an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) for more than 40 years, starting out as an underground operative and moving up through the Congressís ranks to become its President in 1997.

Masayuki Komura, Japanís State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will make brief remarks before Mr. Mbekiís presentation. There will be an opportunity for open discussion following Mr. Mbekiís lecture. Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend.

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