Tana Forum 2018
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. High-level government officials attending the Forum included Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan; John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana; Dr. Aminata Touré, former Prime Minister of Senegal, Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa; Louise Mushikiwabo, Foreign Minister of Rwanda; Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia; Eusebio Lambo, Minister for Combatants, Mozambique; Graça Machel, Founder and Director of the Graça Machel Trust; and Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
This year’s forum keynote speaker Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, noted that “the only viable responses to the challenges we are facing will be endogenous”. Following the adoption of proposed reforms by the AU Assembly in January 2017, Mahamat created the Institutional Reforms Unit within his own office in September 2017 to oversee the implementation of the reforms plan between 2017 and 2018.
The 2-day meeting featured several side events and key activities, including a public lecture delivered by the new Forum chairperson John Dramani Mahama, the annual book launch featuring a new release on pastoralism in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, the annual Meles Zenawi lecture on African leadership – with a focus on Gamal Abdel Nasser and presented by Samia Nkrumah, as well as a special roundtable on human security organized in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference.
- Concept note
- Forum Documents
- Pre-forum activities
- Press mentions
- Press release
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