The third Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa to meet this weekend

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Addis Ababa, 23 April 2014 (WIC) – The third Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is taking place this weekend (April 26-27) in Bahir Dar, under the theme “Illicit Financial Flows and their impact on Peace and Security in Africa”.

The Chairperson of the Forum, former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, said illicit financial flows were making the challenges of peace, security and stability more complex - by some, conservative, estimates Africa loses US$60 billion annually: “What we are trying to do is get decision-makers in politics and diplomacy, in the private sector, academia and civil society to realize that this is a pernicious evil that requires effective action to curb,” he said.

The 3rd Tana Forum will be focusing on the convergence between security and illicit financial flows. The impact of IFFs on Africa’s development is also a priority issue for the African Union (AU) and its member states, as evidenced by its establishment of a High-Level Panel to report on the issue.

Professor Andreas Eshete, CEO of the Tana Forum, at a briefing earlier this month, reiterated the vision of Tana: “it is about free and critical conversations on the challenges facing Africa, unconstrained by agendas and always candid.”

Among those participating will be Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn; Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and Chairperson of the Tana Forum; Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa; Dr. Carlos Lopes, Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Pierre Buyoya, former President of Burundi and AU Special Representative for Mali and the Sahel and leading academics and officials from Africa and elsewhere. (MoFA)