Thursday, 26 May 2016

Africa in the Global Security Agenda

Africa in the Global Security AgendaThe Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is a platform for African leaders, key stakeholders, and pro-active strategists to collaboratively participate in exploring and exchanging thoughts on African-led solutions to security challenges. The 5th Tana Forum on security in Africa ended with debates on a range of issues related to peace and security of the continent.

Africa needs a high level forum where its frontrunners can meet the best intellectuals on peace and security issues, and cooperatively discuss how to describe and tackle the continent’s challenges. Five years ago, the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, inaugurated the first Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa, which met in Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile. He opened the meeting by taking off his tie and instructing everyone else to do the same. There were 60 people in the room, and they were devoted to passionate, relaxed and frank discussion.

The 5th Tana Forum on security in Africa ended with deliberations on a range of issues related to peace and security on the continent. Conflict prevention, building peace infrastructures, sustaining peace and peace support operations, were some of the matters discussed during the two The 5th Tana Forum on security in Africa ended with deliberations on a range of issues related to peace and security on the continent. Conflict prevention, building peace infrastructures, sustaining peace and peace support operations, were some of the matters discussed during the twoday event.

The Tana forum anticipates boosting Africa’s struggle to reposition itself in the global security agenda, operationally and normatively, by giving vent to the idea of African solutions to African problems in its peace and security issues.


What leaders have to say
Approximately 230 participants, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemriam Desalegn, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and UN Chief Kofi Annan, policy makers, academics and renowned guests took part in this 2-day forum which deliberated on Africa’s role and responsibility within the international security arena.

Speaking at the closing of the forum, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn proclaimed the re-formation of Tana Foundation after the previous ended its five year term. The new foundation was formed after structures of the former Tana foundation were reviewed.

Desalegn said, “The formation of the Foundation is of paramount importance to attain the objectives and principles of Tana Forum and Pan- Africanism, respectively”. He said Tana Forum has been working by giving due consideration to African affairs over the last five years. The premier said the Tana forum foundation was contributory in promoting peace and security through education at regional and continental level.

"Ethiopia will strengthen its support to Tana Foundation", stressed the Ethiopian premier. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has called on African leaders to support peace efforts in South Sudan to certify restoration of stability in the world’s engaging outsiders whose agenda does not meet the aspiration and interest of Africa. Al-Bashir stressed on internal plans to reinforce economic and political institutions and cooperation in Africa to support and empower the African Union to make its own decisions.

The Somali President, Hassan Sheikh youngest nation. Sudanese President Bashir pointed to Khartoum’s role in the peace process in South Sudan along with other IGAD countries. The Sudanese leader called for collaboration among African countries to resolve internal problems without Mahmoud, has addressed the Forum calling for support to Somalia. He called for consolidation of the economic, social, cultural and political institutions in Africa so as to play their role in fighting corruption and confronting the challenges facing the African continent. Read more....

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