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InZone To Attend Nairobi Pan-African Conference

InZone is set to attend the Third Pan-African Conference on Training Translators, Conference Interpreters and Public Service Interpreters, which will be held in Nairobi on 17-18 February 2014.

The conference, organised under the auspices of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), will focus on multilingualism in Africa. Participants will debate issues related to the cost of language services, the relationship between languages and development and the need for translation and interpreting specialists in Africa.

“InZone is looking forward to the conference as it will provide a great opportunity for us to consolidate the work we have been engaged in over the past few years, partnering with international organisations on the ground as well as with universities in Kenya, trying to build local capacity by harnessing innovative pedagogical and technological solutions,” said InZone founder and director Barbara Moser-Mercer.

“It is no coincidence that we are holding the InZone International Advisory Board meeting at our UNON office right before the Pan-African conference on 15-16 February. It is a sign of our commitment to creating synergies with local partners, offering our know-how in interpreting, distance-learning and multiculturalism, all of which have been the focus of the Interpreting Department,” added Prof. Moser-Mercer.

This year’s event follows the second conference, held in Addis Abeba in 2012, and the first, held in Nairobi in 2009 under the themes "Languages for peace, security and development" and "Languages Matter", respectively. The conferences are part of PAMCIT, a consortium of five African universities specialized in interpreting and translation studies aiming to train highly qualifies language professionals.

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