Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa Kicks off

BAHIR DAR CITY – The 10th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa has kicked off in the presence of Heads of State and high-level delegations from various countries.

Following their bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President of Sudan’s Transitional Government Abdelrahman Al-Burhan attended the opening session of the Forum along with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Abiy emphasized the importance of building continental security resilience and home-grown African solutions to emerging African problems.

Abiy underlined three security spheres that need attention during the deliberations of the forum.

Those are water, energy, and data governance, according to the PM.

Today, he reiterated, Africa is vulnerable to climate change despite contributing the least towards it.

Putting the challenges of the citizens in that regard to the attention of the participants, said Abiy, noting that most of Africa’s people live in rural areas with rain-fed agriculture and that one-third of Africans experience water scarcity.

The PM also briefed his country’s efforts on hydro-power, gas, and commercial agriculture areas and plans towards energy export to neighboring countries as well as the green legacy initiative.

On the green legacy’s achievements, the PM said the initiative has surpassed its target of planting by 5 billion and planted 25 billion trees in Ethiopia, with a survival rate of over 70% of the seedlings.

The President of the Transitional Government, Somalia’s PM Barre, and Amhara Region’s President Yilkal Kefale, also delivered remarks.