Tana High Level Forum on Peace & Security in Africa is an unique opportunity for sharing, learning & networking. An informal space where discussions are open, frank and candid. Views and opinions in Tana Forum are generally considered as personal and do not necessarily represent institutional positions.
The theme of the 8th edition held on 3 & 4 May 2019 was “Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trend”.
I am sharing here my quick personal takeaways from the Forum.
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1/ Multilateralism should be our guiding principle in dealing with peace and security/conflict issues in the continent.
2/ Concerted efforts by the African Union and the Regional Economics Communities (RECs) are key to capitalize on the current momentum in the Horn of Africa, consolidate/reinforce partnership among Member States to align priorities and actions, and to withstand external influences that can negatively hold the region back from its search for peace & security.
3/ Africa should better own and make use of the United Nations system and programs.
4/ There is a need to revise relations between leadership and citizens in Africa.
5/ Need for a better political and economic governance based on our agreed shared values.
6/ Protecting civic space, enhancing citizens participation including a genuine press freedom are paramount today.
7/ Need to speedy the process of free movement of people, goods and services.
8/ Need to put in place concrete measures for youth empowerment to capture and harness the demographic dividend.
9/ We should promote people to people relations in the region toward an effective regional integration.
10/ Tana Forum should continue with an enhanced diversity and gender balance.