Africa Notes: A Conversation with President Abdou Diouf - November 1990
November 30, 1990
Over the past several years, the CSIS African Studies Program has hosted a series of "conversations" with African heads of state. These two-hour meetings, chaired by Director of African Studies Helen Kitchen, feature brief opening remarks by the visiting leader followed by a lively question-and-answer exchange with a broad spectrum of invited guests from the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, corporations, academia, and other elements of the Washington community.
This issue of CSIS Africa Notes shares with our subscribers the English translation of a "conversation" that took place on May 16, 1990 between President Abdou Diouf of Senegal and a group of more than 90 invited guests. (See page 3 for the text of U.S. Ambassador to Senegal George E. Moose's introduction of President Diouf.) Officials of the Senegalese government in the presidential party included Minister of Economy and Finance Moussa Touré; Minister-Delegate for Planning and Economic Policies Abdul Aziz Diop; Senegalese Ambassador to the United States !bra Deguene Ka; General Doudou Diop, chief of staff to the president's cabinet; Bruno Diatta, chief of protocol; and Babacar Carlos Mbaye, diplomatic adviser to the president.
The following is a chronological account of President Diouf's responses to the questions raised by participants in the discussion period following his opening remarks: