The Elysee Summit on Peace and Security Africa was held from on the 6th and 7th of December at Elysee Palace in Paris. In the Summit hosted by Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Hailemariam Current Chair Person of the African Union, President Macky Sall of Senegal , President Jakaya Kikiwete of Tanzania, President Youweri Museveni, President Paul Biya of Cameroon were among the leaders who attended the two day Summit.
The Summit which took place two days after UN approval of French intervention in Central African Republic was dominated by peace and security matters though economic partnership and climate change were agendas on the table. The news of the death of Africa's iconic leader Nelson Mandela overshadowed the Summit. A tribute was made to Mandela's great service to South Africa and to the people of the world as a champion of peace, reconciliation and freedom.
Francois Hollande in his statement said Mandela will always be the reference point for those who continue their unending fight against racism, discrimination and all forms of intolerance and injustice. He added "He became a global hero because he was profoundly human and profoundly good," Flags were flown at half-mast at Elysee c while also a moment of silence was observed in memory of the great freedom fighter. The African side who held a sideline meeting on ICC also paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. In opening session Francois Holande acknowledged Africa's capacity in dealing with security problems as exemplified in Comoros, Somalia and Congo.
He however noted that Africa needs to do more in capacity building especially with regard to rapid deployment of forces. He said terrorism, drug trafficking arms trafficking, piracy are threats that continue to be a challenge for both Africa and Europe. He said for this reason "France is proposing a new military cooperation partnership, prioritizing advice, training, equipment and intelligence, in order to ensure that Africa's armies have all the resources they need to combat these threats" adding "France can train 20,000 African soldiers per year ". President Hollande unveiled that France aims to provide 20 billion dollar to Africa's development through loans and grants. . Prime Minister Hailemariam , current chairperson of the AU emphasized the need for strengthening African Peace and Security Architecture. He noted that partners should play an important role in capacity building and full operationalization of APSA.