“In an effort to encourage all forms of cultural and literary exchange between the Arab and French-speaking worlds and promote cultural and linguistic diversity, OIF and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) have jointly created the Ibn Khaldoun and Léopold Sédar Senghor Translation Award in the Humanities for French to Arab and Arab to French translation.”
In a press release dated December 3, 2007, OIF states that the competition is open to any translated work between the two languages published between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2007. The award will be made by a jury of six francophones and six Arab speakers. Each winner will receive €7000 ($10,000).
OIF states that the first Ibn Khaldoun and Léopold Sédar Senghor Translation Award will be presented by Mr. Abdou Diouf, secretary general of La Francophonie, and Mr. Mongi Bousnina, director general of ALECSO, during a ceremony to be held in Djibouti, Abou Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on March 16, 2008, under the High Patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Moubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, during Francophone Week in Abou Dhabi.
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