19 April 2016

African Solution for African Problem to Ensure Reliable Peace and Security - Premier

Africa need to work together to get its rightful place in the world involving pertinent bodies including the private sector. Thus, Tana Forum would serve as an instrument to achieve set goals.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said that Africans should come up with African solutions to problems through collecting and analyzing knowledge as well as strengthening local institutions.

During the closing ceremony of the 5th Annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa with the theme: 'Africa in the Global Security Agenda' held in Bahir Dar recently, Prime Minister Hailemariam said that an African solution for African problems would be very crucial in order to ensure peace and security in the continent. According to Sudan Tribune, the Premier noted that joint efforts and partnership are needed to redress the political, social and economic challenges as they occur everywhere.

Moreover, Prime Minister Hailemariam announced the formation of Tana Foundation which would have importance in attaining the objectives and principles of Tana Forum and Pan-Africanism.

Tana Forum served as an instrument to promote peace and security with education at regional and continental level giving due attention to African affairs over the last five years. In this regard, Ethiopia would strengthen its support to Tana Foundation, the Premier added.

Former Nigerian President and Foundation Chairperson Olusegun Obasanjo on his part said that Africa need to work together to get its rightful place in the world involving pertinent bodies including the private sector. Thus, Tana Forum would serve as an instrument to achieve set goals.

Obasanjo as well called upon African leaders to be committed to make Africa a 'Development Hub' creating jobs, ensuring gender equality and promoting unity overcoming the challenges Africa is facing, the Ethiopian News Agency reported.

The Forum was concluded with deliberations on a range of issues related to peace and security on the continent. At the event, United Nations Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan was the Keynote Speaker.

The event was attended by over 250 participants including African Heads of State and Government, senior government officials, notable African personalities, academics, a spectrum of international actors, among others.

It was learnt that the Tana Forum was organized to boost Africa's struggle to reposition itself in the global security agenda, operationally and normatively, giving vent to the idea of African solutions to African problems in its peace and security issues.

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