May 20, 2014

Presidents Kagame, Obasanjo, Mbeki To Speak At AFDB Annual Meeting

Rwandan president Paul Kagame.
Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

As the African Development Bank Group Annual Meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali enters its second day, the host president, Paul Kagame and former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) and Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (South Africa) are expected to speak at the week long summit today.

The leaders will take part in the session “Ending Conflict And Building Peace In Africa” and will be moderated by Frannie Leautier.

AFDB President Donald Kaberuka established the High Level Panel on Fragile States (HLPFS) chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. The panel consists of seven eminent experts: Dame Barbara Stocking, Callisto Enias Madavo, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Greg Mills, Rakiya Omar, and Sarah Cliffe.

The HLPFS report titled Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action discusses in depth the experience of countries and partners in engaging in situations of fragility.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki will also be speaking at the meeting.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki will also be speaking at the meeting.

This report comes at a critical time in light of the current emerging combined pressures of rapid urbanization, climate change, youth unemployment, inequality, and new discoveries of natural resources.

Each of these factors place African societies under considerable strain and risk.

Urgent attention must also be given to the transition of national movements into state-building and peace-building processes.

The event will provide further attention to the urgent need to act immediately to ensure systems and policies are responsive, not only to address ongoing conflict, but to create an environment where future conflicts can be mitigated or avoided altogether in the long term.

Today’s session comes amid increased conflict on the continent in recent months with countries like Mali, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Nigeria just some of the nations hit hard by insecurity.

 

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