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Tana forum to deliberate on security issues in Africa

Leaders, policymakers, experts and researchers have gathered in Bahir Dar, the capital city of the Amhara Regional State, for the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, which will be held from April 16-17.

The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual event which provides an environment conducive to a select group of leaders from all sectors of society to examine and debate peace and security challenges facing the African continent.

The Forum is an independent initiative of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University, and of eminent African personalities.

This year’s theme is “Africa in the Global Security Agenda.” Following the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations, Africa looks at its role in the International Security arena. The 2016 Meles Zenawi Annual Lecture Series will debate the legacy of Patrice Lumumba.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (PhD), Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria and Chairperson of the Tana Forum Board, Andreas Esheté (Prof.), Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Deputy Chairperson of the Tana Forum Board,  Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom (PhD), Kofi Annan, president of the Kofi Annan Foundation, former secretary general of the United Nations and Nobel Prize Laureate, Thabo Mbeki, president of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and former president of South Africa, Carlos Lopes (PhD), under-secretary general and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairperson of the Munich Security Conference, Germany, Thandika Mkandawire (Prof.), London School of Economics, UK, and  Jean-Marie Guehenno, president, International Crisis Group, Belgium, are amongst the list of speakers at this year’s event.

High Level Consultation on the theme of “The African Union and its leadership towards 2063” is also part of the event. Moreover, sessions in the areas of “Africa’s Role in the International Security Realm”, “Peace Support Operations in Africa: New Paradigms, new Models’’, and “Conflict Prevention, Building Peace Infrastructures, and Sustaining Peace” are expected to engage relevant stakeholders including heads of states, academics and practitioners.