The latest Global Peace Index underlined its belief that the COVID19 pandemic, in particular its economic consequences, will likely have a severe impact on the way societies function. This could lead to deterioration, increase the risk of outbreaks of violence and conflict. This impact has far-reaching implications for order, peace and security, in conflict-affected and fragile countries.
Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is one way to overcome economic consequences as a result of COVID19. It will also be a major step towards eradicating Africa’s conflict and insecurity challenges. Although, the AfCFTA may not have been conceptualized as a peace and security response initiative, there is a need to show the nexus so as to enable the successful implementation of the AfCTA.
Panellists & Moderator
Mrs Fatima Yerima Askira
Founder and Executive Director, Borno Women Development Initiative