The 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa took place on 21-22 April 2018 in the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. More than 200 participants, comprising seven current and former heads of state and government, ministers, ambassadors, academics, heads of international organizations and regional economic communities, civil society, and media representatives, gathered under the proverbial Baobab tree to discuss the theme: Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union. The Tana Forum has continued to cultivate a culture of frank and candid conversations on pertinent continental peace and security issues in an informal setting.
- Attendance of new Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali. He pledged renewed support from the Ethiopian government to IPSS and the Tana Forum.
- Presence of Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission and custodian of the current reform.
- Presence of Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, who remarked that “you can continue to serve your country and Africa after leaving high office”.
- The annual Meles Zenawi Lecture on leadership in Africa, delivered by Samia Nkrumah, paid an emotional tribute to the legacy of the Pan-Africanist and former President of Egypt, the late Gamal Abdel Nasser.
- The position of Tana Forum Chairperson was handed over from President Olusegun Obasanjo to President John Dramani Mahama in a demonstration of how governance begins within our own institutions.
- The annual report on the State of Peace and Security in Africa highlighted five key trends in the African security landscape.
- Several well attended side events including a public lecture at Bahir Dar University; a Roundtable on Human Security organized in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference and the AU Commission; and the Annual Book Launch, which featured a book on pastoralism in the Sahel and Horn of Africa.
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