Gaborone — Botswana strongly believes in the ideals of finding African solutions to African problems in all areas of human development, particularly on issues of peace and security, says President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
He was officially opening the Joint 7th Post-Tana Forum Regional Multi-Stakeholder meeting in Gaborone on July 18.
The president said the Tana joint multi-stakeholder forum provided a platform for further interrogation of issues impeding full ownership of the peace and security process in Africa.
He said the meeting, whose objective was to brainstorm and come up with concrete policy initiatives and directions to address issues of peace and security in Africa was timely, coming immediately after the just ended 31st African Union summit.
He said the summit considered the state of peace and security on the continent, progress on the implementation of the AU Master Roadmap on practical steps to Silencing the Guns in Africa by the year 2020 as well as its 2018 theme.
"The theme, as you will recall, focused on the scourge of corruption on the continent and its related consequences on peace, stability and socio-economic development," he said.
Mr Masisi said African leaders, at the various AU summits and other multilateral fora, continued to expound a wide-range of peace and security initiatives aimed at preventing, managing and resolving conflicts and crisis situations on the continent.
However, he said, violence and conflicts on the continent continued unabated, inhibiting social and political progress and limiting the much needed economic growth.
Mr Masisi further said platforms such as the Tana Forum were needed in the search for a collective response to minimizing protracted conflicts in Africa, in addition to the existing AU's Peace and Security Architecture entailing the Peace and Security Council, the Continental Early Warning Systems, the Panel of the Wise, the African Standby Force and a Peace Fund to finance the peace and security initiatives and efforts.
Post Tana-Forum is a follow-up to the April 2018 7th Tana Forum held in Ethiopia which brought together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions.
The two-day meeting will discuss four themes aimed at advancing the outcomes of the 7th Tana Forum which entail among others, Africa's ownership of its peace and security agenda, inclusion of women and youth in decision making processes and mediation efforts.
The forum will also deliberate on the peace and fund time frame and implementation challenges by member states as well as free movement of people on the continent, debate on regional integration and security imperatives.
Source : BOPA