Day 2 (Opening Session) – TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2020

  • Opening Session, and
  • SIDE EVENT 2 (Closed session)



Opening Session

Moderartor: Ms. Amandla Ooko-Ombaka

The welcome speech addressed by H.E. Sahle-work Zewde, President of Ethiopia

The keynote speech addressed by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, AU Commission Chairperson

The State of Peace and Security in Africa addressed by H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Former President of Ghana, Chairperson, Tana Forum Board

The UN75 Initiative and the Future of AU-UN Cooperation addressed H.E. USG Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, United Nations 

Key Takeaways

  1. The silencing of the agenda of the gun is a crucial element to attaining a successful CFTA but the AUC is yet to outline measures to fast track its implementation.
  2. A haphazard implementation of the CFTA could lead to a rise in inter-state conflict and promote competition over cooperation. Coordination and correct sequencing of the roll-out is critical
  3. The free movement protocol, including the African passport, is a big step towards making Africa an Africa for all Africans and a central ingredient to a successful CFTA
  4. The CFTA may not be the magic wand that will bring everlasting peace, stability, development, but it offers an opportunity to press the reset button and set new goals
  5. Africa faces a plethora of multilateral challenges and abroad, gnawing and growing sense of multilateral fatigue but the basic unity of our shared aspirations belies narratives of division

Side Event 2

The Other Pandemic

Illicit Financial Flows and COVID-19 (MSC)

Closed Session

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