African defense ministers to hold security forum in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 30 April 2014 (WIC) - Defense ministers from different African countries along with United Nations and United States officials are set to hold ‘Peacekeeping & Stability Links Africa 2014’ forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The summit, Peacekeeping & Stability Links Africa 2014, set to take place from June 25-26, 2014, aims to address the ever-growing concern for long-term security and stability across the continent, according to the press statement of the conference organizer, ConfLinks.

Global military budgets are currently estimated to exceed $20billion whilst the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations exceed a further $12billion.

The forum will also bring together participants from local and global business operators for idea sharing and bilateral discussions focused on public-private partnerships (PPPs), the organizers stated.  

Discussions will include topics around counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, logistics solutions, border control, counter- narcotics, construction / refurbishment, defense sector training, maritime security, capacity building, equipment procurement, aerial surveillance and election monitoring.

Some of the guests include minister of defense and Interior from across Sub-Saharan Africa such as South Sudan, Ghana, Somalia, Djibouti, Nigeria, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Libya, Niger, Cameroon, Uganda  and Kenya.

Representatives from United Nations Peacekeeping Operations  in the DRC (MONUSCO), the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Central African Republic (MISCA), Darfur (UNAMID) the African-led Support  International Support  Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Trans Sahara Counter-terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) are also will attend.

Additionally, organisations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), African Development  Bank (AfDB), Eastern African Standby Force Coordination  Mechanism (EASFCOM) and International  Maritime Organization  (IMO).

The INTERPOL, United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), EU NAVFOR, USAID, U.S. Department of State, USAFRICOM, Defence Logistics Agency Europe & Africa (DLA-E/A), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) and NATO are also set to attend the forum, according to the organizers. (newbusinessethiopia)