Shaping global development policy. Sharing knowledge. Promoting innovation. Encouraging partnership. Can the language profession play a role in all of this?
The answer is yes. It can and it does. And that is why the Pan-African Masters Consortium in Interpretation and Translation (PAMCIT) exists.
Translators and interpreters make major forums like the European Development Days (EDD) possible. With 42,000 participants from 4,500 organisations across 152 countries attending 500 sessions featuring 2,670 speakers, language professionals are a necessity. They are the connectors between people, helping them contribute to discussions like these in meaningful and productive ways.
Bringing people together, conveying meaning, transferring ideas, enabling dialogue and understanding – language professionals are the often invisible yet always indispensable enablers of communication, not least within the development community worldwide.
As new international partnerships are formed and initiatives launched to address some of the world’s development challenges, the demand for skilled interpreters and translators continues to grow everywhere.
PAMCIT exists to help meet that need. PAMCIT is a network of five African universities who have come together to produce the best translators and conference interpreters on the continent. Their aim is to harness the high level of language proficiency that exists across Africa to respond to the strong demand for skilled language professionals worldwide.
The universities in the PAMCIT network offer a two-year Masters programme based on an internationally recognised curriculum of the highest standard. Bringing together recognised universities, quality facilities and trainers selected from among high level language professionals in Africa and Europe, the PAMCIT network aims to produce expert conference interpreters and translators, trained to international standards and ready to bring a quality service to gatherings like the EDD both in Africa and globally.
Simultaneously, these professionals can serve to both safeguard and unlock access to a wealth of local languages across Africa, enabling greater inclusiveness, cultural diversity and local participation in the policies that will shape the future of millions on the continent. Public service interpreting, a future pillar of PAMCIT’s training offer, will be crucial in achieving this.
PAMCIT is not concerned with the African market alone. The network’s mission is to nurture talent from the unique and prolific multilingual base in Africa and enable the continent’s best to meet professional language needs around the world. In this way, forums such as the EDD can be enriched with more diverse knowledge and perspectives. For if shaping development policy is to be a truly global enterprise, then the brightest minds from across the planet must take part in the conversation. A conversation facilitated by communicators from all over the world, including Africa.
To learn more about the PAMCIT network and its mission, please visit stand 32 in the EDD Global Village from 7 to 8 June or contact the PAMCIT Secretariat.