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AUC Chairperson to deliver keynote address at the 7th Tana Forum

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9 April 2018 -- The keynote address of the 7th Tana Forum will be delivered by H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. In 2017, Mr. Mahamat established the Reform Implementation Unit to oversee and coordinate the implementation process. The theme of this year’s Forum - Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union - corresponds with the ongoing AU reform process to ensure the organization's long-term independence and sustainability. One of the major components of the reform plan is the 0.2% levy on eligible imports from outside Africa to increase financing of the Union by Member States.

 

In a speech to the AU Assembly in January 2018, Mr. Mahamat called on leaders to respond to a simple request from citizens across the continent: “Accelerate the reform of the Union, our tool for our struggle; speed up integration, a necessary step to our development; and intensify efforts to promote peace, justice and inclusion as essential conditions for social cohesion.”

 

250 participants are expected to attend the Forum (taking place in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 21-22 April 2018), including current and former Heads of State and Government, high-ranking government officials, experts in peace and security, members of academia, youth representatives and the media.

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