Republic of Benin Celebrating
Celebrating 50 years of independence and the 20th anniversary of the National Conference of the vital forces of the nation in 2010. A collection of events that have been taking place in the lives of the people of Benin – political, economic, cultural, educational, social.
Development Talk with Benin
Series of interviews regarding the Benin initiative on peace and reconciliation, economic ventures for national development, the improvement of education and literacy standards, and infrastructural development.
EXCERPT FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN 1990
TEXT: ORIGINAL FRENCH
ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY THE OFFICE OF THE GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR RECONCILIATION AND DEVELOPMENT TO JAPAN, ASIA.(2010)
“From February 19th to 28th, the National Conference of the Vital Forces of the Nation was held at the Aledjo Hotel PLM in Cotonou.
The Conference was convened in immediate accord with the joint decision made on December 6th and 7th, 1989 by the special session of the Central Committee of the Party of the People’s Revolution of Benin, the Standing Committee of the National Revolutionary Assembly, and of the National Executive Council.
The objective of this conference, which has brought together a veritable cross section of representatives of all the Vital Forces of the Nation, regardless of their political sensitivities, is to find effective and peaceful solutions to the political and social crises that have paralyzed the country for months.
For nine days, nearly 500 Beninese representatives coming from throughout the country and even overseas have tried and found, thanks to honest and direct interchange, the ways and means to create a much needed framework in Benin for the establishment of a body of law where the rights of man and each citizen will be respected. In addition, the attendees proposed durable and reliable institutions that will insure a more moral and clean political system.
During this conference of national reconciliation, the symbol of the pierced jar of king Guezo has regained its authentic meaning. This conference is unprecedented in Africa, perhaps in the world. In its nine day course, love for the homeland has conquered the old feelings of personal egoism, egocentricity, and individualism. The acute sense of duty to country has taken precedence over discouragement, anxiety, and other prejudicial difficulties, and allowed for a culmination and pathway toward a national consensus acceptable to all. The conclusions truly honor Benin, and make of its one time title “the sick child of Africa” only a memory left behind.
It is true, there have been many threats to stop the work of the conference; the anxieties of so many have caused confusion and cast doubt in many minds. However, thankfully, these things have been overcome thanks to the deep faith of a few, and the desire to succeed for all of our Beninese people.”
SOURCE:Office National d’Edition de Presse, de Publicité et d’Imprimerie. (Ed).(1990).
Conférencee Nationale des Forces Vives de la Nation
Du 19 au 28 Février 1990