The 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa has kicked-off in Ethiopia with the participation of several African leaders to discuss challenges facing the continent. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who addressed the opening of the forum, said that Africa suffers from a number of security and political challenges that requires African leaders to develop a strategic vision to resolve them.
He saw that the large participation of the African leaders in the forum underscores their keenness to promote the common understanding to achieve security and stability in the region.
The Ethiopian premier also mentioned the challenges of peace and security in the continent and ways to resolve them, pointing that Africa has begun to tackle those challenges. He added that the forum offers a good opportunity to exchange views, ideas and expertise, saying the world is facing unprecedented and complex problems.
Desalegn further called for the importance of cooperation among African leaders to develop the continent, saying they look forward to securing participation of all Africans to face the existing threats.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the 5th Tana High-Level Forum and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo underscored the importance of the forum to support and promote cooperation among African nations to resolve the challenges facing the continent. He added that the forum seeks to achieve the adequate solutions for the African problems, expressing hope that the Darfur referendum represents a step forward to achieving peace, development and stability in the troubled region.
The Tana Forum was established in 2009 in line with the Tripoli Declaration issued by the extraordinary African summit, which was held on August 31 of the same year to deal with the conflicts of the continent. The whole aim of the forum is for Africa to eventually control its own security destiny by crafting home-grown solutions and avoid externally designed solutions particularly those driven from neo-realist assumptions.