Consultation held with AU Permanent Representatives
On 7 November, IPSS, as host of the Tana Forum Secretariat, organized a meeting with members of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee and the A3 (African members at the UN Security Council) to brainstorm and gather input on the theme of the 7th Tana Forum, "Ownership of Africa's Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the AU".
The diplomats noted the need to include the economic aspects of reform, such as public-private sector cooperation, free movement of goods and people as observed in some RECs such as ECOWAS. Other topics raised included the role of the PRC to the AUC, whether sufficient buy in has been garnered from AU member states, the principle of state sovereignty, the balance between national and regional security, accountability, differences between regions, and financial contributions by large and small states among others.
In sum, the participants agreed that more sensitization on the reform process (including technical changes) needs to be carried out in order to guarantee political will and compliance in implementing the new structure. A follow up meeting with participation by experts will take place with all PRC ambassadors in March 2018 to provide more information on the topic of AU reform.
The 7th Tana Forum will take place on 21-22 April 2018 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.