Former President Mahama Chairs Peace Forum in Ethiopia

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Former President John Dramani Mahama, Chairperson of the Tana Board, Presenting the State of Peace & Security in Africa (SPSA) 2019 report at the 8th Tana High Level Forum on Security in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

The Forum took place in the Ethiopian town of Bahir Dar on the theme, ‘Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends’.

President Mahama being the Chairperson of the Tana Forum Board, took over from former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2018.

The two-day Forum hosted a number of sessions and presentations including a tribute to Winnie Mandela during the Meles Zenawi Lecture on Leadership.

The Munich Security Conference and the African Union also hosted a side event on ‘sharing the burden: the future of peacekeeping, with other sessions focusing on ‘How economic integration affects a continent’s security and the implications of the evolving geopolitical dynamics in the Horn of Africa.

The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual forum that brings together leadership from all sectors to work on an African-led security agenda.

It is a response to the call by African Heads of State and Government for the elaboration of “African-centred solutions” in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict in the August 2009 Tripoli Declaration on the Elimination of Conflicts in Africa and the Promotion of Sustainable Peace.

President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde is the host of this year’s Forum.

There were other Ghanaian students who were invited to the event among which one, Osei Godfred Amankwah was presented with an award for an outstanding essay in the strife for peace in the world.

The young Ghanaian from Nankese in the Eastern Region is pursuing an MPhil in Peace and Development at the University of Cape Coast, School for Development Studies, was selected as one of the top three winners of the 2019 Tana Forum Essay Competition.