President Abel Fattah El Sisi opened on Wednesday the first edition of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa - TV screen shot
ASWAN, Upper Egypt - 11 December 2019: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opened Wednesday the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, the first to be held in the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan, the capital of African youth.
A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.
Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.
The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.
The event brings together heads of state and government, representatives from regional and international organizations and financial institutions, members of the private sector and civil society, and scholars and experts for action-oriented and forward-looking discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities for Africa in the years ahead.
The Aswan Forum is the first of its kind platform in Africa to address the interlinkages between peace and development, and champion Africa-led solutions, through strengthening the policies-practices linkages.
This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.
Day-one activities includes workshops on "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda", “The Africa We Want: Sustaining Peace, Security & Development” and "Twenty-One Strategies Later: Why is Sustainable Peace and Development in the Sahel Still Elusive?”.
The second day of the forum will include workshops on advancing African women’s contribution to peace, security and development, supporting the transition process in Sudan, and forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa